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How to Build an Energy-Efficient House

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Today, it’s easier than ever before to buy or build an energy-efficient home. There are more existing energy-efficient homes available, and both new home builders and buyers are increasingly aware of the benefits of building them. The way technology has evolved in recent years, there’s simply no excuse not to be energy efficient!

What are the benefits of having an energy-efficient home?

There are three major benefits of having an energy-efficient home:

1) Reducing your impact on the environment.

According to the Department of Environment and Energy, the average Australian household generates about 14 tonnes of greenhouse gas emissions each year. It’s up to all of us to reduce our carbon footprint to preserve the environment for future generations.

2) Reducing your energy bills.

That means you’ll save on your lighting and air-conditioning bills. You’ll have less need for artificially cooling or heating your home, because your energy-efficient home will make more use of natural resources like the sun and the breeze. Your home’s design and the material used in its construction will also help to make the temperature more consistent all your round.

3) Future-proofing your investment in your home.

With the high cost of energy in Australia these days, a home’s energy efficiency can significantly affect its market value. You can maximise the resale value of your home by making sure that it’s energy-efficient.

How an energy-efficient home reduces your bills

Homes that have good insulation and that make use of solar in their design naturally reduce household energy use. You’ll start noticing the savings straight away, and they’ll really add up over time!

How can you tell if a home is energy efficient?

The best way to tell if a home is energy efficient is if it has a NatHERS 6-Star energy rating under the Nationwide House Energy Rating Scheme.

This Scheme is administered by the Department of Environment and Energy. Homes are given a star rating based on the efficiency of their energy use for heating and cooling. The more stars, the more efficient the home is. Ratings are influenced by:

  • a home’s design and layout,
  • the construction materials used, and
  • the climate of the area where it’s built.

How we can help

At TERRACE, we specialise in narrow lot home designs that are energy efficient. All of our home designs have a 6-star energy rating. We incorporate sustainability principles into all our designs, and we use eco-friendly materials.

A TERRACE-designed 6-star home will use up to 24% less energy for heating and cooling than a 4 or 5-star designed home. Rest assured that you won’t pay more for an energy-efficient design either. It can be achieved without increasing your building costs, plus it will save you a lot of money in the long run. It’s a no-brainer!

Come visit our range of display homes across Perth and discover a little more.

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