Design, Build & Retrofit Sustainable Housing

House.pngOne 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


Your Home - Technical Manual

The most up-to-date guide to building, buying or renovating a home.


Smarter Homes Smarter Living

A smart little e-booklet that addresses the key elements


Smarter Renovation Guide

Download this guide for energy-efficient renovating


Green It Yourself

Skills and confidence to do-it-yourself with ex Carbon Cop


Australian Window Association

Find high performance energy efficient windows


Window Energy Rating Scheme (WERS)

Find the most energy efficient windows available


Energy Ratings for Household Appliances

The more stars the better! Get the app to compare

Further information and local suppliers can be found in the Sustainability Directory

Housing - Design, Build & Retrofit