If you are planning a new home or renovating your existing home the following publications are well worth consulting BEFORE you start.
Ideally start planning your new home two years before you build to help understand how to build a sustainable home that will save you money (and pay for itself) and be more liveable.
Your Home is Australia’s free guide to environmental and sustainable homes, which is published by the Australian Government.
You have three options for obtaining a copy of Your Home;
- Read each chapter online at the Your Home website
- Download the individual chapters as PDFs from each page
- Purchase a printed booked for $38.50, plus postage
They also have a Design For Place brochure you can download for free, plus a four minute introductory video.
Alternative Technology Association (ATA) trading as Renew is a national, not-for-profit organisation that inspires, enables and advocates for people to live sustainably in their homes and communities.
They have helped thousands of households save money and reduce their environmental footprint with information on energy efficiency, solar power, rainwater tanks, materials reuse and waste.
Renew publishes two publications;
- Sanctuary — Modern Green Homes
- renew — technology for a sustainable future
as well as providing advice, consultancy, research and advocacy.