The City of Melville encourages the development of sustainable homes.
Whether you are building, renovating or wanting a more comfortable and eco-friendly home, there are a number of options to reduce your energy and water consumption and have a healthier and greener home. Around 26% of the energy used in a house is for heating and cooling. In addition, 31% is used for heating water and 16% for refrigeration. There are simple, cost effective ways to reduce your energy bills along with some replacement strategies in existing homes that will save you money over time.
A healthy home is one that uses mostly natural ventilation and sunlight for lighting, heating and cooling and mostly avoids volatile organic compounds (VOCs) in its construction and furnishings and toxic chemicals for cleaning.
For Energy Efficiency Web Links
- Greensmart is a voluntary government/building industry initiative to look for ways in which new houses can be designed, constructed and maintained in a more environmentally responsible way. The project is being led nationally by the Housing Industry Association and looks at such diverse details as minimising building construction waste, garden design and building materials, components and construction methods for houses. Look for a Greensmart Builder. Visit the Greensmart website.
- Looking to save money on Energy Efficient household equipment and appliances? Check out the Star Rating and how much you could save here.
- The NSW Government has a great site which looks at energy efficiency across many topics including buildings, appliances and products, landscaping and helpful hints to reduce energy consumption www.energysmart.com.au
For Sustainable Development Web Links
- To view CP 080 Energy Efficiency in Building Design Council Policy please click here.
- For information regarding sustainable living please click here.
- For information on water conservation and water saving techniques in residential areas please click here.
- To view information regarding 6 Star Energy Efficiency requirements please click here.
- Residential Design Codes please click here.