Sustainability and Energy Efficiency
Building a home, in so many ways is about creating environment, and complementing the environment in which it’s built into.
At Rycon building group we are committed to sustainable business practices and we take our responsibility to the environment seriously. We will always endeavour to align ourselves with companies who drive sustainable business. An example of this is our choice in using the GECA (Good Environmental Choice Australia) approved eco improved products supplied by James Hardie for all of our Weatherboards Homes – James Hardie is committed to improving the environmental performance (through protection and prevention of pollution) throughout it’s production sites, and believes the future of the building industry lies in sustainable and energy efficient homes.
Sustainable business practices also are engrained in the way our company operates on a daily basis in the office and on site, including:
- Reducing waste by re-using and recycling material wherever possible
- Efficient use and consumption of energy, water and other resources
- Implementation of company culture in regards to skills, training, performance, well-being, development, community and environment
- Engagement with community organisations and sponsorship of sporting teams and the local kindergarten
- Employment of small business trades and professionals
During the design phase, our designers work diligently with our clients to ensure all considerations are made for best possible thermal performance in our homes. In addition to the National Construction Code requirement for all homes to be compliant with the 6 Star Energy Rating, we look to achieve great efficiency in design to maximise the performance of the structure.
Some of these considerations include;
- Orientation – Positioning Living Rooms and areas that are most used to face north, to catch sun and light for the longest part of the day
- Windows and Glazing – Window size, location and Glazing have a very big impact on how much heat can enter, get caught, or leave the home.
- Zoning – Although large open spaces are very appealing and popular, they are not the most practical for heating and cooling, or noise control. Smaller, enclosed or zoned areas provide better heating and cooling efficiency.
- Cross-Ventilation – Positioning windows and openings in the home can allow for increased air flow and natural cooling, to help move stagnant or warm air that gets built-up during the day
- Insulation – Insulation acts as a barrier to heat flow and is essential for keeping your home warm in winter and cool in summer. A well-insulated and well-designed home provides year-round comfort, cutting cooling and heating bills by up to half. This, in turn, reduces greenhouse gas emissions.
- Eaves / Shading: By shading a building and its outdoor spaces we can reduce summer temperatures, improve comfort and save energy
- Water Tanks – Installation of water tanks ensures that toilets in the homes use recycled water, when available.
- Solar Hot Water Unit – Solar hot water units can provide up to 90% of your hot water with no running costs – and without carbon emissions
- Materials – Some building materials naturally have better insulating properties than others. Planning a home with these materials in mind will allow for reductions in additional insulation requirement, plus allow for minimal on-going heating and cooling
- Appliances and Fixtures – High Star Appliances, Water Saving /Low Flow Plumbing Fixtures, Energy Efficient/Low Voltage Light fittings and bulbs, Self-Sealing exhaust fans, and other implementations of high efficiency and eco friendly strategies throughout the home, can significantly reduce the long-term running cost of a home, and significantly decrease the consumption of energy and water.
Our construction team is also very passionate about making a difference to the environment and carries out a range of activities on site including:
- Ensuring no run off waste enters the drainage system
- Managing our trades for noise pollution to ensure the impact on the local community is kept to a minimum.
- Recycling 92% of all our waste and reusing as much by-products as we can.
- All other building products are separated, sorted and recycled to reduce waste needlessly going to landfill.