Thinking about reducing your energy and water bills, improving the quality of air in your home, while at the same time being environmentally responsible with your new home or renovation? HIA GreenSmart is a sustainable approach to building and renovating. Through HIA GreenSmart Professional training, HIA members gain environmental awareness and sustainable residential design and construction skills. HIA members who successfully complete the training establish their status as an HIA GreenSmart Professional. It’s not just what you build, it’s how you build. Find a HIA GreenSmart Professional in your local area at tradebuild.com.au
A HIA GreenSmart home:
demonstrates passive solar design – using the sun’s energy for heating and cooling improves energy and water efﬁciency to help lower electricity and water bills uses natural ventilation to bring fresh air into the home creates a safe and sustainable living environment for families. Homes that make the most of HIA GreenSmart principles can be great to live in and comfortable all year round. They are good for the environment, reducing pollution and making better use of natural resources.
tips to smarten
up your home
If you’re building a new home, consider designs that include the efﬁcient use of solar energy for hot water and electricity in the home. Incorporate shading structures or eaves. It’s all about designing to keep the sun out in summer and letting it in during winter.
Insulate the walls, ﬂoors and ceilings of the home with the most suitable material and one that has the highest resistance to heat ﬂow – this measure is known as the R-value. The higher the R-value, the better the insulation. A well-insulated home can be up to 10ºC cooler in summer and 5ºC warmer in winter.
Seal around external doors and windows. One of the most costeffective and easiest ways to save money and energy during winter is to seal out draughts. Draughts are typically found around windows and doors throughout all areas of your home. Choose the right window glazing for your climate. A well designed home with careful window placement can enhance your cooling, heating and lighting.
think green, build smart