As experts in eco-aware home design and construction, Darryn Parkinson and Sharon Hamilton strive to educate, inform and inspire their clients.
The owners of Sydney-based building company Your Abode are transforming their clients’ quality of life by creating high-performance, sustainable homes that are cheaper to run, healthier, and more comfortable to live in year-round.
Their approach is holistic; every element of each individual project – from onsite construction processes right through to the interior finishes and fixtures – is carefully considered and selected to optimise performance outcomes and minimise the home’s carbon footprint.
While ‘green’ homes offer a multitude of benefits – to the occupants and the environment – the standout difference and major selling point of this style of housing is always going to be its superior internal comfort – from a thermal perspective, and in terms of air quality.
And this, Darryn says, is something that can only be achieved when the building envelope is correctly designed and constructed. ‘The building envelope must be built to a sufficient standard to protect the occupants inside from whatever’s going on outside, whether that’s extreme heat or extreme cold – the premise being that when you’re in your house you want to be at a comfortable temperature,’ he explains. ‘It’s got to be designed to provide shading, be well insulated, fitted with better performing glass and double-glazed window systems and things like that. Those are the fundamentals.’
The home’s overall carbon footprint can then be further minimised through thoughtful material selection, focusing on renewable, recycled or recyclable products, energy harvesting systems, and water- and energy-efficient appliances.