One Planet Living Principle: Zero Carbon  Making buildings more energy efficient and delivering all energy with renewable technologies.
One Planet Living Principle: Sustainable Materials   Using sustainable healthy products, with low embodied energy, sourced locally and made from renewable or waste sources.


Designing or renovating your home so it is more sustainable can provide greater comfort and lifestyle opportunities as well as ongoing financial savings.

In our temperate region, sustainable housing means

  • a highly insulated building envelope
  • orientation for maximum solar gain
  • appropriate shading
  • use of thermal mass
  • double glazing
  • onsite solar generation
  • water & energy efficient appliances
  • rainwater harvesting
  • grey water recycling
  • recycling of waste/composting.

While few of us will ever get the opportunity to design, construct and live in a house that “ticks all the boxes” – we can all make changes that will make a real difference.

Key information sources

Further information and local suppliers can be found in the Sustainability Directory
Need help finding ways to make your home more energy efficient? Find out more about home energy efficiency assessments.