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Your Home
Preface
Welcome to the fifth edition of
Your Home
—Australia’s
most comprehensive guide to environmentally
sustainable homes. This publication continues a long-
standing effort by the Australian Government, in
partnership with the building and design industry, to give
everyone interested in building homes for a sustainable
future, comprehensive, expert and independent advice.
As a resource for people aiming to build, buy or renovate
a sustainable home,
Your Home
has proven its value
time and time again. As energy and water costs have
increased, along with community awareness of climate
change and the need to protect our environment, it has
become more and more relevant.
Your Home
was originally published as a technical
manual in 2001. It was the first Australian publication of
information on sustainable building practices aimed at
ordinary householders as well as building professionals.
From the outset, the printed version was published
in parallel with a website that made material readily
available to people who don’t need or want the full
printed version.
The intent has always been to keep
Your Home
up-to-date, to match significant changes in the building
industry. For example, building energy efficiency
standards were added to the Building Code of Australia
for the first time in 2003 and have been progressively
increased over time; water efficiency requirements have
been introduced in a number of jurisdictions.
Changes in this edition of
Your Home
respond to user
feedback and reviews of previous editions. The major
change is that a single publication incorporates the
previous technical manual, buyer’s guide and renovator’s
guide. The revised structure brings the information
needs of home buyers and renovators up-front,
and moves some more general topics on housing
development to the end of the publication.
The text and diagrams in all sections of
Your Home
have
been checked for currency and accuracy and updated
where necessary, and references to other documents
and websites have been updated. The principal and
updating authors are listed at the end of each article.
A new, smaller, set of case studies shows examples of
sustainable houses in a variety of climate zones. The
need for case studies has lessened with the recent rise
of home magazines that contain articles on individual
houses and renovations.
Your Home
combines the efforts of a large number of
committed people over a considerable time. Industry
and cross-sectoral support for its development has been
part of the project since its inception and crucial to its
success. The people include principal and contributing
authors, and photographers, many who have given input
as members of advisory committees, technical advisers,
industry and community representatives, and reviewers
of articles.
The residential building industry has openly embraced
the idea of ‘green buildings’ and a number of industry
programs now promote sustainable approaches
to building; however, the need for clear and
comprehensive information on design and construction
options for householders, builders and design
professionals remains undiminished. The authors hope
that you find
Your Home
useful in creating your own
sustainable home.
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