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INSIGHT INTO GUIDE

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It’s all in the practical guide designed by GBCA for ​​​industry professionals ​and building practitioners seeking to improve the sustainable performance of residential homes.

Renovations and improvements in ​the Sustainable Home Renovations Guide ​(Guide) are divided into three categories based on the Green Star Homes Standard – positive, healthy, and resilient.

Each section:

  • provides background information on renovations that can be carried out
  • shows how to make major or smaller changes to reduce ​the​ environmental impact and improve ​a​ home’s efficiency or resilience.

While every home is different with its own unique challenges, we hope ​industry professionals​ can use this Guide to gradually make ​any​ home more sustainable over time.

It’s important to note, the information and advice in this Guide isn’t intended to be fully comprehensive – it’s a starting point for further investigation.

The final sections of this Guide provide renovation case studies and commentary on key stakeholders and financial considerations.

WHAT THE GUIDE MEANS FOR INDUSTRY

Within the building industry, this Guide can make a big difference – especially if we all work together.

Anyone involved in building and planning can be proactive in identifying opportunities and re-evaluating business as usual strategies against bigger sustainable goals. The information contained within this Guide might just inspire a few new ideas.

We hope builders, architects, planners, and designers can all come together to support homeowners on their journey to make their home healthier, more sustainable and resilient.

WHAT THE GUIDE MEANS FOR CONSUMERS

We’re all aware of the need to lead more sustainable lives. However, many of us don’t realise that being more sustainable can also make us healthier.

Indoor pollutants can be 2 to 5 times higher than outdoors, but we have the power to change this with ‘healthy’ improvements.

We can also increase the resilience of our homes against extreme weather events with upgrades that provide additional protection.

Sustainable improvements can potentially make homes more energy efficient, which can:

  • reduce greenhouse gas emissions
  • save us money on electricity bills
  • make us feel pretty good, too!