Three Degrees of Sustainable Housing



When planning and designing a new home you may be driven by budget considerations and your lifestyle needs, however thought should also be given to the level of sustainability.

As well as deciding how many bedrooms your new home will need, whether to build with steel frame or timber frame, the level of sustainability is just as important. In fact, some may argue that the level of sustainability is more important. When planning and designing a home some simple decisions can be made at no or minimal cost which may have longer lasting cost savings, for you and the environment.

This is what sustainable housing is all about.

Managing Director of Energy Aspect Living Pty Ltd, Danny Pauley explains the three degrees of sustainable housing; concepts which the company has developed to assist clients determine their sustainable housing needs whilst also considering budget and lifestyle requirements.

The first degree of sustainability is using passive solar design principals. For minimal cost, the design of a new home is tailored to its location and makes the most of the northern aspect. This results in reduced heating and cooling costs and a more comfortable home in which to live throughout all seasons; all achieved at minimal cost.”

The second and third degrees involve passive design and value-adds features. The use of photovoltaic cells to generate solar power, and solar hot water is part of the second degree of sustainable housing. By adding water recycling together with solar power, third degree sustainable housing may not be reliant on town water or electricity supply. An ideal choice where these services are either not available or are costly to establish.”


Of course, housing design is just one consideration for a complete sustainable housing assessment. The materials chosen and the building process itself should also be assessed for their impact on the environment.  As an example, the embodied energy (energy used to make materials) is part of a consideration for the Zero Carbon Home.

Quality products, locally sourced where possible and which require minimal maintenance to create the lifestyle you and your family want are important.

Minimising building waste and recycling waste are added ways to reduce the impact on the environment when constructing your home. Maintenance of a tidy building site is also important to prevent unnecessary contamination of the surrounding environment.

If you would like to find out more about the degrees of sustainable housing, or if you are considering a sustainably focused home now or in the future, we invite you to contact Energy Aspect Living Pty Ltd today. You will be surprised at how easy and affordable sustainable housing can be.