One of the great changes in the construction industry over the past two decades has been the increasing commitment to (and curiosity around) going ‘green’ within the home.
On the one hand, there is an abundance of environmentally-friendly products and materials on the market, but many of them are area-specific and need to be pieced together to create a holistic system. On the other hand, many homeowners are pursuing environmentally-friendly homes, but many of them expect an impressive energy rating as customary in an otherwise ‘normal’ home.
So for many builders, the question remains: how do I go green without going bust?
HIA member and owner of AJP Constructions Andrew Payton has weighed in on the topic to share with his fellow builders what he’s learnt onsite over the years. ‘By applying clever planning early, you can construct a high-end property that’s faster to build and costs less to operate,’ Andrew says.
‘Everyone – from builders [through] to owners and tenants – seems keen on creating the type of structures that are not only beautiful and functional, but also kind to the planet, while creating operating cost savings,.
‘Homeowners are keen to reduce their running expenses in times of high costs of living. For investors, saving money means they can get a far better yield on their investment property.’
Here are Andrew’s top four tips for building homes with a better output without absorbing the cost – that is, how to build greener at a better price: