Natural Lifestyle Homes works to promote sustainable features in its new homes and renovations that save water, energy, and the environment.
Your ongoing costs are lower because saving water and energy means you’ll save on your utility bills.
With the use of innovative, environmentally friendly products in our houses, home owners can not only be seen as contributing to the effort to save our environment but will also enjoy the cost-saving benefits of an environmentally sustainable home.
- Installing solar hot water and attracts rebates
- LED’s are 80% more energy efficient, reducing electricity bills
- Adequate insulation means houses are warmer in winter and cooler in summer saving $
Features of Sustainable Building Design
Passive solar design simply makes the most of local conditions to make your home more comfortable while reducing your bills. Passive design costs no more when included at the planning stage.
- natural heat from the sun
- natural night time cooling
- lightweight materials
- shade and natural ventilation
- windows and doors positioned to catch breezes
- appropriate orientation
- insulation in roof and walls
Once these features are designed for your home, you needn’t think about them again. They continue to “passively” keep your home comfortable – all year round – at no cost.
Water conservation in Australia is increasingly essential. Water-efficient plumbing fixtures and appliances are an excellent choice. They save money and protect the environment. The money saved on water and energy will more than cover any initial cost.
- rainwater tanks
- greywater reuse
- 4-star appliances
- 3-star shower heads and taps
- 4-star dual flush toilet
- drought resistant native plants
Your home’s water-wise features will enable you to significantly reduce the amount of water you use. By reusing greywater, capturing rainwater, and installing flow restrictors and water-saving appliances and devices, your home will lower the demand on South-East Queensland’s precious water resources.
Efficient energy use reduces electricity costs and benefits the environment by reducing greenhouse gas emissions. For most households, heating water uses the most energy. By choosing a solar hot water system with gas booster, you can lower your energy bills, and reduce environmental impact without compromising lifestyle. In Australia, it makes good sense to get your hot water free from the sun.
- 4-star rated energy efficient appliances
- low energy lighting
- solar hot water
- solar panels (photovoltaic arrays)
- passive solar design
- wide eaves for shading
- appropriate insulation
- 100% openable windows
- thermostatic mixers
- ceiling fans and louvres
Heating and cooling homes in South-East Queensland can be a significant cost item. Home design can significantly reduce the need for supplementary heating and cooling, such as air conditioning.
Sensible material selection ensures the impact on the environment of building your home is minimised. Whether building or renovating, there are a number of important considerations such as choosing renewable resource, recycled, and natural building materials.
- plantation timber
- bamboo products
- recycled polystyrene external cladding
- composite quartz bench tops
- natural stone tiles
- recycled plastic decking
- recycled hardwood
- low toxicity cabinetry
- natural plant oil finishes for timber
- non-toxic paints
Healthy homes make use of low-VOC (non-toxic) products, including materials, flooring, furnishings, and paint. High humidity and elevated temperatures cause VOCs to be emitted and encourage common allergens such as mould and dust mites. By stabilising the indoor temperature and increasing cross ventilation we have created a healthier environment inside and outside.