What is Greensmart?
HIA GreenSmart is a way of building which is respectful to the environment, it also lessens the financial impact of the home on it’s occupants over the life of the building.
A registered brand of the Housing Industry Association (HIA), GreenSmart was developed in 1999 to provide a means for everyone involved in building or renovating a home to learn about the principles of sustainable design.
The long-term benefits of designing and building a home to include GreenSmart principles can include lower energy and water bills, a warmer house in winter, a cooler house in summer, increased resource efficiency and less waste going to landfill.
Many people understand the benefits of ‘greensmart’ design but falsely believe that it is going to cost more to build. In many circumstances the build cost is the same.
Living in a new home or renovated home that has been thoughtfully designed and the basic principles of greensmart taken into account is a great achievement and one that will keep giving year after year.
The key principles of building this way include correct orientation on site to maximise solar design principles, natural ventilation, insulation (the first line of defence against the external elements after passive solar design), thermal mass (the ability of a material to absorb heat), and flooring.
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Extract from “greensmart – designing for your climate” magazine edition 8.