Have you considered going green for your new home?

When it comes to green homes, there’s green, and then there’s green. Sure, you can put solar panels on your roof and install a recycled water tank, but these steps are merely the start of your sustainable home journey.

Green construction is all about building homes that are healthier and more comfortable to live in while also being better for our planet. It involves using non-toxic, ethical, and sustainable building materials with lower carbon footprints. A key focus is on indoor environmental air quality and the use of renewable resources.

Because a green home is more comfortable, it uses much less energy and has much lower greenhouse gas emissions – making it healthier for our climate and natural environment, as well as for those who live in it.

Beyond BASIX: The frontier of sustainable house design

Since their introduction in 2004, Building Sustainability Index (BASIX) requirements have set the standard minimum in sustainable planning measures for all new residential dwellings and renovations in NSW costing more than $50,000.

But beyond BASIX requirements, there are many further sustainable initiatives that can be built into your new home if you choose a qualified builder with the vision, certification and capability to deliver a true green home.

Europe, and Germany in particular, is considered the global leader in sustainable homes. At ANSA Homes we follow the principles of Energie Einspar Verordnung (EnEV), the low-energy construction code in Germany. Translated into English as German Energy Saving Ordinance, EnEV regulates energy performance for new buildings and building stock as well as energy certification of buildings.

How are green homes built?

To build your green home, we first work with you to determine the ideal temperature range that will make your home most comfortable for you. The house is then designed from the ground up to sit at that stable temperature range year-round without having to rely on energy-consuming heating or cooling.

We do this by designing and building your house using a world class “Intelligent Airtightness System” of up to seven layers in the external walls of your home. This enables your home to be truly airtight without any leakage points that cause the internal temperature to fluctuate.

We also install high performance windows to make your home cooler in summer and warmer in winter. We can also add intelligent thermal mass where needed to stabilise internal room temperatures and further reduce your reliance on energy-consuming heating or cooling.

What are the most sustainable building materials?

reen homes are built using sustainable building materials that have low embodied energy, which ensures that your new green home will consume as little energy as possible for years to come. These products include carbon neutral bricks and wall cladding and natural products such as wool-based bulk insulation and phase change materials manufactured from recycled bio-based materials. ANSA Homes continues to expand its range of sustainable building materials from leading Australian suppliers.

Accuracy matters even more in green home building

The most challenging aspect of building a green home is making sure that your builder has an unwavering focus on quality and a microscopic attention-to-detail. Precise and accurate work is even more important in green home building because even a tiny gap of just 2mm between insulation can decrease thermal performance by up to 50%.

At ANSA Homes, we focus on certainty of process and certainty of design, which enables us to deliver truly accurate work when building your new green home.

Five reasons to build a new green home with ANSA Homes

Certainty of savings

An ANSA Homes green home design can save you thousands in mortgage repayments through discounted home loan interest rates.

Certainty of value

A study from the University of Melbourne found that upgrading your home to a 7-star energy efficient rating can add a further 9.4% to your sale price.

Certainty of comfort

Imagine a home that is 18.5 degrees cooler in summer and 17 degrees warmer in winter, minus the larger electricity bill. You can’t put a price on that.

Certainty of healthier living

ANSA Homes’ green homes feature a sophisticated, German-designed air filtration system that delivers fresh, filtered air throughout your home 24 hours a day.

Certainty of a sustainable future

ANSA Homes is the only builder in Australia that gives you an internationally certified home evaluated against world-class sustainability standards. Furthermore, ANSA Homes is the only builder in NSW that can deliver a certified future friendly home for your family’s health, wellbeing and comfort, for years to come.

Read more about making your new home sustainable and green or to start your new green home building journey today, call us on 1300 757 810 or send us an online enquiry.

Is a knock down rebuild the right fit for your new home?

If you’re going to go to the trouble of renovating, for both financial and practical reasons a knock down rebuild may be a better option for building your new home just the way you like it.

As an experienced home builder in Sydney, we’ve seen the client success stories that can come from knock down rebuild projects.

And it’s not just about getting the new home you truly want; there’s also a financial benefit. Did you know that the cost per-square-metre of a new build is generally cheaper than the cost per-square-metre of a renovation? This is mainly due to the expense involved in upgrading an existing home and the increased labour required to tie new design features into an old building.

Renovation costs are challenging to predict

All ANSA Homes knock down rebuild jobs come with a fixed price contract, meaning the price you sign off on before work starts is the end price you will pay. Renovation costs on the other hand are more difficult to predict, so builders need to build a contingency into the quote to cover unexpected expenses.

This is partly because every renovation is a bespoke project that is time-consuming and labour intensive. Brand new homes can be built quickly, using proven systems that maximise efficiency and save time. In some cases, repairing major structural damage, sourcing the right kinds of materials, or modernising an old house to bring it up to date in terms of energy efficiency and overall quality has the potential to be very costly and time-consuming.

Knock down rebuild to avoid compromising on your vision

Demolishing your existing house might sound like a big job but it is relatively straightforward with a professional demolition company, who like ANSA Homes can provide a fixed price quote.

Working with a builder that has a tailored approach means the design is packaged into the build. At ANSA Homes our modern designs, including our award-winning house and granny flat design for multi-generation living, are at the forefront of modern housing design. And we can work with you to customise our designs to ensure that you get your new home exactly as you are picturing it in your mind.

Renovations, on the other hand, require you to work around your existing structure, which often involves creative compromise to satisfy the budget. Starting afresh means less compromise and more options around size and style.

Building a new home also gives you the option to kit out your new home with smart technology and green living options – which doesn’t just benefit the environment, but also your bank balance.

Choose a knock down rebuild specialist and avoid the pitfalls of renovation

Still wondering if you should renovate or demolish? Renovations often cost more and take longer than planned because they can uncover unforeseen existing problems. This is particularly true of old houses, which can appear quite sound on the first inspection but may contain hidden problems such as asbestos sheeting or insulation.

Renovations tend to take over your life for the period both leading up to and during the remodelling. There are lots of decisions to be made on an almost daily basis, so if you’ve already got a busy life you may struggle to keep up.

Ultimately you need to decide whether a renovation or a knock down rebuild is the best option for you and your family. So take your time, do the research and enjoy the process.

To provide you with knock down rebuild certainty, we have developed a detailed knock down rebuild guide covering the most critical topics and frequently asked questions.

Special limited offer on knock down rebuilds

At ANSA Homes we know that the cost of building materials are on the rise so we want to help customers get the home they want by locking prices in now. We currently have a special offer for customers to lock in their knock down rebuild price before 30 June 2020. Doing so will protect you from rising building costs due to COVID-19 restrictions.

Trying to decide whether to renovate or demolish? Call us on 1300 757 810 and our knock down rebuild specialists will answer your knock down rebuild questions, or send us an online enquiry.

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