6 tips for designing eco friendly homes
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0.1 DESIGN IS KING (NOT NECESSARILY CASH)

Partnering with a mindful Builder’s Designer or Architect is one of the biggest build decisions you’ll make (and we can help you here). Passive design including the orientation of your home, thermal mass elements (such as polished concrete or stone walls) and the placement of windows and doors are crucial in achieving an energy efficient home. Understanding compliance requirements such as wind, bushfire attack level, and off-grid components at the deisgn stage is also helpful.

0.2 COLOUR PALETTE CONCSIOUSNESS

Living in South East Queensland we experience extremely high temperatures and it boggles my mind that dark roofs are in vogue. Albeit they look beautiful, however the practicality of baking under a black tin or tile roof doesn’t sound enticing to me. Throughout the Hobbs selections process, my ‘go to’ Custom Orb colour options include Zincalume, Surfmist or Dune. We are also very interested in green garden roofs popular on high rise buildings.

0.3 BREEZE EASY AND ADD TIMBERĀ 

Avoid stifiing moments which tempt you to opt for air conditioning or electric heating with ample cross fiow ventilation. This can be easily achieved with expansive french doors (and fiy screens), gas strut or louvre windows and sklights (such as Velux).
It’s also proven that certified timbers within the home assist to create a happier and healthier environment. Choose timber or bamboo fiooring, laminate timber bathroom vanities and benchtops, and DIY your own oven rangehood cladding, rustic shelving or picture frames.

0.4 PLANTING FORA GOOD REASON

Potted colour, green sprawling lawns and gardens are lovely however deciduous trees to the western side of your home ensures sun during winter and shade during summer. This can also be achieved with window hoods (such as Heka Hoods) or shading structures including covered decks.

0.5 HEALTH CONCSIOUS BUIL D PRODUCTS

Opt for natural products during the construction of your home such as Weathertex, which is 97% natural timber and 3% natural wax. It is termite resitent as the sugars and starches have been removed during manufacture and there are no chemical additives such as glues, resins, formaldahydes or silica’s. Not too mention the boys love working with this product on the drop saw and during installation.

0.6 OPT FORAN UNDE RGROUND OASIS

Our supplier Brendan from Horizon Tanks (located on Mount Tamborine) likens drinking from a polytank similar to that of a dirty gumboot. With this visual in mind, plus the bushfire proof factor, underground concrete tanks win for Hobbs hands down! Not to mention they keep your water cooler, longer lasting, and have many health benefits.

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