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Welcome to
Your Home
Welcome to
Your Home
Your Home is your guide to building, buying
or renovating a home. It shows how to create
a comfortable home with low impact on the
environment — economical to run, healthier to live in
and adaptable to your changing needs.
Your home is important in so many ways. It’s a place
to unwind, relax and spend quality time with family
and friends. It’s also likely to be the biggest investment
you make. Your decisions about your home have
consequences for your future living costs and quality of
life. Collectively, such decisions contribute to the bigger
picture and can help to create more vibrant, connected
and sustainable towns and cities.
In such rapidly changing times, smart investment
decisions demand smart thinking about new issues.
When you’re planning your renovation or building
project it’s easy to focus on the short term, but features
that enhance resale value, improve comfort and reduce
bills are worth paying for.
Your Home
is a comprehensive guide to the design
principles and features that add value to your home and
reduce its environmental impact. Many of them come at
no additional cost. They just require the right ‘know how’
at the right stage of your renovation or building project.
Others may add cost but also add lasting value and help
to ‘future-proof’ your home against rising energy and
water costs.
Your Home is a comprehensive guide to
the design principles and features that
add value to your home and reduce its
environmental impact.
Each section in
Your Home
covers a particular
sustainability theme, such as passive design or energy. A
sustainable home needs to address all of these themes
in tandem. The principles and ideas in each section can
be applied to any home. The articles in each section
contain advice on practical solutions you can adapt
to your budget, climate and lifestyle. As sustainable
housing technologies and approaches are evolving all
the time,
Your Home
is periodically updated to keep the
information current.
Photo: G. Smith
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