GREEN LIVING

What is Master Builders Green Living ?

The Master Builders Association has created the Green Living training to provide builders with the necessary tools to pursue sustainability options in their constructions. Builders who complete the training and adopt sustainable innovations in their operations will be able to identify themselves as Master Builders Green Living builders.

This will enable builders that are skilled in the design, construction and maintenance of high quality structures, adopt ‘industry best’ practice for sustainability in the built environment.

Beginning from the 1st of May 2008 all alteration and relocation work that requires a building permit is subject to the new energy efficiency laws. The laws apply to the thermal performance of a home (a 5 Star energy rating for the external walls, floors and roofs of your home) and do not require a solar hot water system or a rainwater tank for toilet flushing, as is the case with a new home. These changes bring Victoria in line with national standards.

With 40,000 homes anticipated to be renovated, extended or relocated each year, the new energy efficiency laws for the building fabric of home alterations will further reduce greenhouse gas emissions while delivering greater comfort and lower energy costs to Victorians.

Government initiatives to green Victorian Homes

The Make Your Home Green website was recently launched which provides information and regulatory advice on making homes greener.

Existing households account for one third of Victoria’s energy use. The Make Your Home Green resource, which brings together online sustainability information for consumers, will help many more Victorian households reduce their energy use. The influence of sustainability is of growing significance for consumers and with further regulatory changes and more access to information, consumers will be better placed to green their homes.

Growing numbers of Victorians are recognizing the benefits of going green. The latest Building Commission pulse research confirms this, with 86 per cent of the consumers surveyed highly valuing sustainable building. Feedback from residents of 5 Star homes says they experience more comfortable and healthier places to live while reducing their household’s energy bills and environmental impact.

All alteration and relocation work that requires a building permit is subject to the new energy efficiency laws. The laws apply to the thermal performance of a home (a 5 Star energy rating for the external walls, floors and roofs of your home) and do not require a solar hot water system or a rainwater tank for toilet flushing, as is the case with a new home. These changes bring Victoria in line with national standards.

Make Your Home Green is a first for the building and plumbing industry and supports the Victorian Government’s commitment to create sustainable options for consumers in the built environment. It is hosted and sponsored by the Building Commission and the Plumbing Industry Commission.

To find out more about making your home sustainable, visit     www.makeyourhomegreen.vic.gov.au

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