Build and Construction

Whether you’re building a new home or renovating an existing one, integrating sustainable and renewable products is essential. Not only will eco-friendly products save you money but they will drastically reduce your carbon footprint. Sustainable building practices also go a long way to reducing the industry’s impact on the environment.

Sustainable construction vs sustainable products

Sustainable construction and sustainable products represent two essential facets of environmentally conscious practices within the broader context of sustainable development. Sustainable construction focuses on minimising the environmental impact of the entire building process, from design and construction to operation and eventual deconstruction or renovation. This approach prioritises energy efficiency, resource conservation, waste reduction, and the use of eco-friendly materials. Techniques such as green building design, energy-efficient HVAC systems, and the incorporation of renewable energy sources contribute to creating structures that are environmentally responsible throughout their lifecycle. Sustainable construction also considers the social and economic aspects, aiming to create healthy and inclusive spaces while promoting local economies.

On the other hand, sustainable products concentrate on the development and manufacturing of goods with minimal adverse effects on the environment. This encompasses various industries, from consumer goods to industrial products, emphasising eco-friendly materials, efficient production processes, and reduced carbon footprints. Sustainable products aim to address the environmental impact at the product level, promoting the use of recycled materials, biodegradability, and energy-efficient manufacturing techniques. By encouraging responsible consumption patterns, sustainable products contribute to a circular economy, where resources are conserved, and waste generation is minimised. Both sustainable construction and sustainable products play crucial roles in advancing the broader goal of sustainable development by addressing environmental, social, and economic considerations in their respective domains.

Sustainable and environmentally-friendly products to consider in your new build or renovation

With so many options available across the board, increasing your home’s energy rating and reducing your carbon footprint has never been easier.

Renewable Energy Products

Considered to be one of the main ways to reduce your bills and footprint, renewable products are a clear winner when going green with your new home or reno.

Heating and Cooling

Your home will use a large portion of its energy heating and cooling rooms and spaces. Designing your home to use passive heating and cooling is an important consideration.

Appliances and Fixtures

The appliances and fixtures you select for your home will ultimately determine your energy usage. From your fridge to the TV, your washing machine to your shower head – these all add up. 

Disconnecting Gas

Electrifying your home allows you to rely less on fossil fuels and more on your own energy production. Find out how you can make the move away from gas and save money.

Sustainable Design, Products, and Construction Videos

Energy Matters features alongside some of Australia’s best designers and manufacturers on Open Homes Australia and Renovate or Rebuild. Check out some of the featured videos below