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Smart tips for designing your new home and garden

Making smart choices early on in building your new home will help you create a comfortable home and enhance it’s resale value.

Step 1: Getting the temperature right

  • Use natural sources of heating and cooling, such as the sun and cooling breezes to have on energy & lighting costs
  • Optimise natural light. Plan living areas on the north side of the house, utilities on the western side
  • Make the best use of eaves for winter and summer sun
  • Use quality insulation in roof and walls for 20-40%* energy savings
  • Choose a light colour roof for a cooler home
  • Encourage cross ventilation and breezes
    with multiple doors and windows

Step 2: Harvest the rain and sun

  • Maximise the benefits of rainwater collection and stormwater runoff. Save up to 50% of your water bill by using recycled and tank water.
  • Reduce energy costs by up to 80% with solar power.
  • Talk to your builder about whether to choose an above or below ground tank.
  • Use tank water for toilets and washing machines and in the garden.
  • Save on energy by installing a north facing clothesline.
  • Landscape to optimise stormwater runoff.
  • Maximise natural light with skylights and windows.

Step 3: Reaching for the stars

Our top tips for managing your ongoing running costs and building a healthier home:

  • Design a smart home that needs less heating and cooling
  • For long term savings, look for a high energy rating on appliances
  • Solar hot water is the most energy efficient
  • Minimise use of air conditioning and cooling. Fans are the cheapest and most
    energy efficient cooling option.
  • An efficient fridge is critical because it’s always running
  • If using air conditioning/heating, ducted reverse cycle systems are the most energy efficient air conditioners
  • Continuous gas hot water is the most efficient after solar
  • A high energy rating dishwasher saves power and water
  • If you need a clothes dryer make sure it’s an efficient one.
  • Follow these guidelines for the star ratings energyrating.gov.au/about/energy-rating-labels

Step 4: See the light

  • Maximise natural light sources
  • Use energy efficient light globes
  • Plan for different lighting needs in different rooms

Step 5: A healthy home

  • Choose low Volatile Organic Compound (VOCs) finishes
  • Use cross ventilation to optimise airflow, reduce fumes and prevent damp
  • Indoor plants can help remove pollutants and improve air quality

Step 6: A happy garden

You might like to think about attracting local fauna into your garden by choosing native species and creating little habitat areas.

  • Use landscaping and plantings to your best advantage
  • Attract local fauna by planting native species
  • Help your garden and reduce waste by starting a compost heap or worm farm
  • When choosing fencing consider safety, privacy, noise control, aesthetics and cost
  • Remember to place some shade on your western walls and outdoor living areas.
  • Deciduous trees and climbers can be great for summer shade, and still allow winter sun.
  • Think about screening of AC units and waste storage, and remember to provide easy access for bin collection

For more information on smarter choices, refer to yourhome.gov.au


AVID Property Group gives no warranty and makes no representation as to the accuracy or sufficiency of any description, photograph, illustration or statement contained in this document and accepts no liability for any loss which may be suffered by any person who relies upon the information presented. All information provided is subject to change without notice and may be based on information provided by others. Dimensions, areas, layout, time periods and dates are approximate only. Photographs and illustrations in this document are indicative only and may not depict the actual development. The document is a guide and should not be considered legal, financial or other professional advice and you should seek appropriate advice before making a decision or taking any action based on anything contained in this document. This document contains only general information and cannot be relied on for the purpose of purchasing land or enter into a contract with a builder. A decision to purchase land, or to enter into a contract with a builder, should only be made after obtaining appropriate legal and financial advice. 20/3/17.

Updated on March 29, 2018

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