When it comes to dual occupancy home construction in Australia, beautiful designs, budget constraints, and investment potential are all amongst the most popular questions asked. As much as many Australians like to talk the talk about environmental friendliness, however, few actually walk the walk when it comes to building their dream dual occupancy home.
This doesn’t necessarily imply that many people are looking to inherently wasteful designs. Why would they? Instead, when given the choice between using a particular environmentally-friendly material over another, less eco-friendly material, many choose the more budget-friendly choice.
Prospective homeowners looking to go eco-friendly can take advantage of a few on-trend tips that won’t necessarily break the bank, including:
01. Solar Panels
Solar panels are increasingly becoming a popular choice for eco-friendly homeowners as the technology is far better and costs are far lower than they were a few decades ago. Still, the initial up-front cost of solar panels, depending on whether you want a full solar energy system or simply wish to supplant some of your electricity usage with a few panels, can be a little high. They do pay off, however.
Although homeowners looking for luxury style have often shied away from solar panels as they are seen to ruin the aesthetic, there are many new styles that resemble roofing tiles/shingles and blend in well. Even Biophilia Slate House in Melbourne, an award-winning home in Northcote uses an 8.5KW solar panel without a battery to cool the flooring during the hot months and to control temperature in the swimming pool.
02. LED Lighting
It’s been pretty well-known for a few decades now that LED lighting is the sensible way to light up our homes and workplaces, but quite often the complaint is that the lighting may look too ‘artificial.’ Incandescent bulbs are no better in this regard, but they also lack flexibility. Modern LED light bulbs can replicate soft, natural sunlight which can improve our mood and wellbeing.
LEDs are also phenomenally less energy-dependent and thus can be used as decorative elements freely without much worry about environmental impact.
Lastly, LEDs have the advantage of being integratable with modern smarthomes. Some brands and models can be turned on/off or dimmed from the comfort of a tablet or smartphone app.
03. Brilliant Shutters
The humble shutter wouldn’t be much were it not for windows, but shutters serve far more than simple window dressing. Smart shutters are now sold that can be automatically rolled up or down, remotely or with smart home integration, some can filter UV, and some can completely block out incoming light (e.g. for those of us working night shift).
Shutters shouldn’t be shunned for luxury homes nor for typical dual occupancy designs. They keep excessive heat out during the summer and keep the home nice and warm during the winter, but they are now available in myriad sizes, colours, designs, and with so much functionality that they’re easily one of the most overlooked eco-friendly touches for a home.
Generally speaking, it’s often safer to choose a softer colour facing the exterior for the shutters so that it can better complement the home’s aesthetic.
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