HIA GreenSmart is a program offering up-to-date information on practical, affordable and durable environmental solutions for residential design and construction. As one of Australia’s first professional green building initiatives, the program offers a HIA accredited training course for builders and designers wanting to develop new skills and acquire green credentials, and get access to news and opportunities to help promote your services in the marketplace.
HIA GreenSmart homes.
Why not consider a HIA GreenSmart professional to help you with these ideas. HIA GreenSmart homes choose to voluntarily go beyond current building regulations for energy and water efficiency, along with looking at the way the home is built to make sure the impact on the environment is reduced.
Only HIA members can be registered as HIA GreenSmart professionals. They may be building designers, builders, contractors or suppliers of environmentally responsible building products. HIA GreenSmart professionals have completed training on sustainable building practices.
HIA GreenSmart training is based on the Your Home Technical Manual, published by the Australian Government. The manual covers a huge range of options and provides a wealth of information to help you find out more about environmentally responsible housing.
The HIA GreenSmart house requirements have been developed over the last seven years, and are an evolving set of ideas that homeowners can choose to incorporate into their new home design.
Working with your HIA GreenSmart professional, you can choose the best options to meet your needs and the block you’ve selected. Not everything may be right for your situation or your budget. You might want to focus on energy or water, rather than upgrading all aspects of the home.
Homes that make the most of HIA GreenSmart principles can be great to live in – comfortable all year round, quiet and draught-free, reducing energy and water bills. They are good for the environment, reducing pollution and making better use of natural resources.
The benefits to you, the home-owner.
The benefits of building the GreenSmart way to you, the home-owner, are that your home will be:
- cutting edge
Feel good about making a contribution and make a difference to your environment, by building the GreenSmart way.
The GreenSmart Concept
GreenSmart is a practical approach to building that focuses on educating builders, designers, product manufacturers and consumers about the benefits of environmentally responsible housing. GreenSmart is an industry-driven initiative that aims to encourage a mainstream application of its principles to today’s housing. The main goals are:
- to improve the energy and water efficiency of the homes
- to enable home-owners to waste less and recycle more
- to reduce the waste from the building process
- to improve site management during construction.
Benefits of a GreenSmart home include lower energy and water bills, a warmer house in winter, a cooler house in summer, great soil for beautiful gardens and, as more than half the waste from the building process has been recycled, the environment has been helped even before occupation. Building the GreenSmart way involves:
Improving energy efficiency.
House designs exceed typical minimum energy rating requirements set by local Councils.
Passive design features are incorporated into all homes to minimise the need for mechanical heating and cooling.
Energy saving lights, tinted windows, insulation products, efficient appliances and both solar and gas hot water systems are used to demonstrate a variety of ways to save energy.
Improving Water Efficiency.
Landscaping incorporates local indigenous plant species and is designed to minimise water use and encourage indigenous fauna habitation.
AAA-rated tap ware and shower heads are used throughout the homes.
Rainwater tanks can be installed for external water usage.
Censored lighting and irrigation systems that can be set to minimise energy and water usage are displayed.
Waste Management and Recycling.
GreenSmart builders attempts to optimise recycling opportunities and the use of recycled product or product with a recycled content in both the construction of the houses and their associated gardens.
What is a GreenSmart Professional?
Through the Housing Industry Association’s Partnership Advancing the Housing Environment (PATHE) national environment initiative, the GreenSmart training and accreditation has been launched in all States of Australia.
GreenSmart ® is an HIA registered brand for sustainable development in the building industry and it is now an icon of sustainability in both the building industry and with Australia’s home-buying public. GreenSmart aims to provide Australia’s homebuilders with environmental skills. Upon the successful completion of the course, homebuilders are accredited as “GreenSmart Professionals”, which will qualify their customers for Australia’s first GreenSmart Home Loan.
What can the home-owner expect from a GreenSmart builder?
Building with Jakobovski Homes means you are using an accredited GreenSmart professional, who will create a home you will be proud of. Jakobovski Homes will design your house so that it will be comfortable and cost efficient to run, manage your site environmentally when building your home, and best use the natural features of your land to achieve all of this.
Jakobovski Building will focus on three key elements to make a difference:
- energy efficiency
- waste management
- preventing pollution from your site, during the building stages
The difference GreenSmart professionals make to energy efficiency is a home designed around modern energy efficiency principles will:
- give you a comfortable home needing only minimum heating and cooling
- allow you to enjoy the best of natural ventilation
- lower your running costs
- be cool in summer and warm in winter
- reduce greenhouse gas emissions into the environment
If you’d like to know more, contact us today for a chat.
Waste minimisation in the building process will:
- reduce landfill and greenhouse gas emissions
- conserve valuable resources by recycling
- reduce costs
- make a cleaner safer site
- make a cleaner world
If you’d like to know more, contact us today for a chat.
GreenSmart is a package of practical environmental measures that emphasises environmental and affordability considerations at the same time by focusing on the full cost of constructing, owning and running a home.