Sustainable Residential Design Tips

Thinking about building, renovating or minor additions to your house?

There are many ways that the design and features of your home can contribute to sustainability.  

A greater focus on sustainability outcomes aims to reduce environmental impacts of development and can reduce household costs, which is important given the growing pressure on infrastructure and resources.

Implementing sustainable housing design helps reduce resource use both in relation to building construction and over the life-time of the development and can include:

  • the orientation of a house to take advantage of winter sun and reduce heating in summer;
  • selection of building materials and insulation; and
  • use of renewable energy systems such as solar panels.

For further information on sustainable building design and features, visit the Cambridge Sustainable Living Guide.

Last Updated: 07/05/2014