Getting started on creating a more sustainable home

By Jordan Sargeant on September 18, 2020

Wanting to make your home more sustainable to benefit both people and the planet is a mind shift many of us have already made. But how do we get started and what can we action now?

That’s why Sustainable House Day was born. Officially on September 20, with a series of virtual experiences and events that run for the coming weeks, Sustainable House Day provides a look at homes that have been designed, built or renovated with sustainability in mind.

An idea from Renew, a national, not-for-profit organisation that inspires, enables and advocates for people to live sustainably in their homes and communities, the day is an opportunity to re-think some of the product choices we make for a more energy efficient lifestyle.

When it comes to energy efficiency in the home, Knauf Insulation has seen many great projects come to life, matching the right products with the right house design. A recent example is the PHCP Passive House in regional Tasmania, which saw Knauf Insulation working with homeowner Justin O’Connor to provide products which would help to meet or exceed the desired R-values for this residential project. The insulation material chosen for this home, Earthwool®, is produced using up to 80 per cent recycled glass and features ECOSE® Technology, a sustainable, bio-based binder with no added formaldehyde. The product contributed heavily to the thermal performance outcomes outlined in the Passive House certification standards.

Knauf Insulation solutions can help to exceed the stringent requirements for insulation and thermal performance outlined for Passive House design. As in the case of this rural home, which is exposed to extreme temperatures throughout summer and winter, Earthwool® insulation will help to significantly reduce energy costs.

If you are looking to build, buy or renovate an affordable and sustainable home, there are many resources available, and research is one of the most important steps in the journey. To hear from other homeowners, architects, and sustainability experts about via a series of free virtual sessions, visit: https://sustainablehouseday.com/

A more comfortable and energy efficient home are just some of the benefits to be enjoyed in a sustainable world.