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FEATURE | Green living
What does sustainable design mean for homes
in 2013? I think that it is not one item, but
a number of elements that make up sustainable
design. It has to be based on a combination of
factors: good design assessment of the orientation
of houses on blocks; selection of materials; and
the understanding of the technologies that will
help you improve the efficient running of the
home. Designing and building a modern-day
home means more than aesthetics. It demands
future-proofing today’s homes to ensure efficiency
beyond the traditional.
How are perceptions of green residential
design changing? I think most people are
aware about wanting to have sustainable homes,
but by the same token they don’t want to
compromise on the design that they require.
The perception is that people are becoming
more aware that our homes need to have design
principles that are sustainable and efficient in
making a green impact. People are becoming
more aware of the green approach, and want
companies like us to incorporate green values
into design. This is especially so when the
consumption of power within a home becomes
the biggest single contributor to expenses
and emissions. Then energy-efficient schemes
and modern technologies are the solution.
What factors affect this shift in attitude? There’s
no question that the high energy costs associated
with the Carbon Tax are driving people to make
a shift towards a smaller footprint. And apart from
energy costs, people now feel that they have a moral
responsibility to be environmentally sustainable.
Perceptions are changing, and people certainly
feel more obliged to contribute to the process.
People who are now building homes are asking
how they can be more cost-effective, making more
open living areas with smaller houses, making the
outside work with the inside of the home so that the
home looks bigger than it is. I think the want for
a smaller footprint and to be more energy-efficient
is now being incorporated within everyday living.
Why are the costs for sustainable products
and buildings decreasing? The more we use
energy-efficient products, and understand
them and the way they work, the more the
cost comes down. Building and supply industries
have realised that these products need to come
down in price. And now there is a recognition
in the industry that these products need to
meet design and sustainability requirements.
Ultimately, these technologies will become
more readily available to the residential
market, and do not need to be expensive to
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