Green Homes

Green homes

What does a green home actually mean?  Wikipedia’s definition of a Green Home is a type of house designed to be environmentally friendly and sustainable, while also focusing on the efficient use of “energy, water, and building materials.”

Building true Green Homes requires time and research in the initial planning of the home, before anything else has even been considered.
Attention to orientation and layout of the rooms and habbitable spaces of the home are considered when using passive solar design. Passive solar design is the use of the sun’s low winter arch and high summer arch to heat and cool the home. Rooms that are used less often in the home, such as bedrooms, studies, laundries and bathrooms, should be placed on the south and east side of the home.
Rooms that are used the most often, such as lounge rooms, family rooms and dining rooms, should face north to capture and retain heat in winter. The west side of the house will naturally become hot in summer, and should be reserved for parts of the house which are rarely used, such as the garage.
Green homes use the sun’s energy to heat water and create electricity via solar panels. Green homes also consider where the used water will eventually end up (i.e. grey water system).
Global warming is a threat, and it has now become increasingly important that we learn to use homes efficiently and  effectively, relying less on unsustainable resources such as coal and oil in the process.
Jason specialises in custom built homes that follow all sustainable building practices, he also provides advice to clients to help them learn how to save money on energy bills and running costs, all with simple design tips.
If you are considering building a custom home that is green and eco friendly, complete the form above or call Jason directly on 0419 393 173.
Check out our video tour of an eco home in Barwon Heads.
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  • Bob Green

    Reply Reply December 12, 2014

    Green homes are the future, this is a good post, thank you… Interested in your work Jason


      Reply Reply December 18, 2014

      Thanks for the feedback Bob, we appreciate you taking the time to read our blog.
      We see that you are across the ditch? If you ever require any advice on this side we are happy to assist so pls call Jason directly.

      Merry Christmas. Regards, Jason & Tania O’Neill

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