The rise of sustainable building in Australia

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As the building industry in Australia becomes increasingly focused on sustainability, it’s important to look at the subject holistically rather than just focusing on recycling or the use of sustainable materials. One of the areas that is neglected in many discussions is insulating our housing.

The way we insulate and cool our dwellings needs a serious rethink. Rates of air-conditioning ownership in Australia has doubled since the late 1990s.[1] Nearly one half of households in Australia use reverse cycle air-conditioning as their main system of cooling. In 13 per cent of households the main system of cooling is evaporative coolers, and in 10 per cent of households it’s refrigerated air conditioning which cools only. [2]

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How insulating your garage can add value to your home

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When families grow, finding space for everything in the family home becomes increasingly challenging. If moving is not an option, then you are going to have to get creative or most likely get rid of some things.

Suddenly your home office, gym, games room, sewing room or craft room is now a nursery, a storage room, or a place for extended family when visiting. Regardless of the reason, there may be an alternative to completely losing the space and creating a completely new area. How? By insulating your garage via the garage door.

 

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Polystyrene to drive housing insulation improvements in Australia

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Australians on the whole aren’t the best at insulating houses. Our residential buildings are notorious for ‘leaking air’, allowing the uncontrolled flow of heat into and out of our dwellings. Our answer has been to install more and more heating and cooling in the form of air-conditioning.

Europeans, who have to deal with much more extreme temperature, are far more concerned about energy efficiency and have developed better standards, such as Passive House certification.

 

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