HIA GreenSmart has a guidance booklet to provide information on how to use GreenSmart principles to help design and build environmentally friendly, comfortable and cost efficient homes. This booklet includes references to the 'Your Home Technical Manual' which is the basis of HIA GreenSmart professional training. Other information has been collected by HIA to provide you with easy to find details on how to build the GreenSmart way. Get your copy of the GreenSmart Guidance booklet here.
Environmental building rebates are currently available from the federal government to make new and existing homes more energy efficient. State governments and local utility providers also offer a range of rebates for energy and water efficiency. These rebates change over time and are aimed at promoting the installation of rainwater tanks or water efficient appliances for existing homes or installing higher rated hot water systems. In some cases, homes may be eligible for both a federal and a state rebate.
For more information go to livinggreener.gov.au/
Universal design is an approach to the design of products, services and environments to be useable by everyone, to the greatest extent possible, without the need for adaptation or specialised design. Universal design is an inclusive design philosophy which spans age, gender and ability.
Guidelines for Universal Design
National Summary of Energy and Water Efficiency Regulations
Each state and territory has its own set of standards for minimum energy efficiency and water efficiency in new houses and major renovations to existing houses. Whilst many states are the same for some standards, it is important to check what the current standards are in your state to ensure your next home design will comply. The GreenSmart House Protocol builds on these government standards.