Allianz - Green Building Council Australia

Renovation Versus Building New

Choosing to renovate your existing home instead of building a new one may significantly reduce waste and embodied energy. If you’re building a new home, consider second-hand or left over/off-cut building materials such as bricks, metal sheeting, windows, doors, timber, and plasterboard. You can also create a waste management plan with your builder and subcontractors that focuses on waste reduction and recycling to be even more sustainable.