Did You Know Your Walls Are Responsible for Up to 50% of Your Heating and Cooling Loss?
Your energy bills are out of control. You don’t have to be a greenie to realise you need an energy efficient home to maintain a comfortable sustainable living standard!
The most important part of insulating a home, after the roof, is the external walls. Choose the wrong walls and you’ll be shivering through every winter and sweltering through every Aussie heat wave.
So how can one stay comfortable, cut energy bills, help the environment and still keep build budget under control? The answer is Green Cladding. Whether building a new home or renovating an existing one.
There are smart ways to build – Key green building strategies include water and energy efficiency, sourcing sustainable products and materials and using renewable energy. The choice in building materials will depend on location, climate and even size and orientation of the land… For instance, lightweight materials (e.g. fibre cement vs bricks) cost less to transport, they require much less concrete in slab construction and make more sense for an elevated home on a sloping block.
Key factors that make an eco-friendly building materials are:
- Sustainable source (recycled) and embodied energy (how much energy used to make the product)
- Insulation properties to reduce energy use to heat and cool
- Longetivity – consideration made to water resistance, mould, rot inhibition and general endurance
- Disposal and recycling