Category: Environmental house design quotes

Rainwater and Grey Water Can Make Your Yard Green Again

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When you are preparing to build a new home you have an amazing opportunity.  You can create  an environmental house design which implements strategies to give you water for keeping your lawn green, your flower beds growing, and even a garden lush.  You may even discover these strategies will entitle you to rebates, tax breaks, and grants for choosing to implement them.  Talk to your drafting services team to see if they are aware of any financial saving you might be able to get.  Companies like Drafting Concepts Pty Ltd keep up to date on opportunities within the communities of Brisbane, Sunshine Coast and the surrounding area for opportunities for their clients.

Capture Rain Water for Later Use

One of the best ways to have fresh reusable water is to capture the rain water which hits your roof and would normally disappear into a drainage system.  Rainwater tanks are available which look great in your yard and provide you with large amounts of water storage.

With recent changes in regulations and restrictions on using main water resources for watering your yard and for gardens these tanks give you an opportunity to enjoy your yard the way you wish.  The tanks can be adding to your new house design and can be almost unnoticeable in your yard.

Grey Water – The Water Which Almost Escaped

What is grey water?  Grey water is the water from the rinse cycles of your washing machine and dishwasher.  It can also include shower water and water from other places in your home.   This water is usually only slightly dirty and has very low percentages of soaps in them.  There are places you can reuse grey water to make major reductions in your water usage.

You should not use grey water in vegetable gardens.  The soaps and chemical may be absorbed up the roots of the vegetables and then end up back on your table.  The grey water can be used for your yard, washing your car, and for flowers.  The low percentage of soaps does not hard these plants and is a great method of reducing your overall water usage.

Capturing grey water takes a little extra effort and work on the part of your builders and your house design services.  You will need storage tanks and specialty plumbing to remove the water and store if for your use.  This does add some cost to your new house design, but gives you so many cost savings and benefits it is hard to overlook as a viable option.

This is one issue you should not try to plan on your own but should consult with your design team.  Drafting Concepts Pty Ltd is familiar with many different methods for increasing water efficiency in homes including working with grey water.  When you request your free environmental house quote form Drafting Concepts mention you are interested in re-using grey water and they can guide you with ideas.

Turning Your New Yard into Green Beauty

These two items may sound like you are going to a lot of effort, but if you have always dreamed of a beautiful green yard with bushes, flowers, and other plants you do not have many options.  You will need plentiful water and with restrictions on usage getting tighter every year it is time to plan on re-using every drop you can.  These systems will allow you to create the landscaped yard you have dreamed of the accent your new house design.    A true environmental house design does not stop inside the four walls of your home but extends to the edges of your yard.

Staying Comfortable In Your New Environmentally Friendly Home

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What is your biggest concern when someone starts talking about green homes and environmental house design?  If you are like most of the residents of Queensland your first fear is whether the home will still be comfortable or not.  You have visions of lower quality heating and cooling.  You probably envision standing in a shower battling to get the soap out of your hair.  You might even wonder if that new style toilet is really going to flush cleanly.  Those fears are all common items which are brought up during the new house design process.  What is the reality?

Heating and Cooling In an Environmentally Friendly Home

When it comes to keeping your house heated and cooled properly you should have zero concerns.   High efficiency systems are actually more effective at maintaining the proper temperature zones.  The only thing you lose is a little extra money initially and the higher electrical bill.  As you can probably guess; those lower bills you receive in the mail will result in the more efficient system being less expensive over a short period of time.

If you choose to go to a higher level and implement solar or wind systems on your home you will just increase the overall efficiency.  They most commonly integrate with a standard system to boost the overall efficiency and cut your bills even further.

Will Low Volume Water Lead to Dissatisfaction?

This is one area where you might have a few legitimate concerns.  Low flow showerheads do make it slightly harder to rinse the soap out of your hair, but it is not as big of a difference as you imagine.  For all other parts of your shower you would probably never notice the difference.  The savings are substantial.  You go from using approximately 20 litres of water per minute down to just 9 litres per minute.

The low volume dual flush toilets are designed to work very effectively.  You choose whether you want a half flush or full flush.  The half flush saves water and take care of most bathroom situations.  The full flush is just as effective as regular toilets.  These toilets are worth the investment and should be part of your new home design.

Other items where you can save money on water are with faucet aerators and high quality fixtures which avoid leaks.  These two items will not add to frustration, but will lead to higher enjoyment while saving you money.

Do You Want to Reuse Your Water?

This is an item which frightens some new home buyers.  When someone talks about reusing water it just seems wrong.  Before you jump to any conclusions you might want to visit with someone like Daryl Woods at Drafting Concepts Pty Ltd.   He can help you understand how grey water usage can become part of your new house design.

Grey water is simply water which is lightly soiled or has a little soap from your washing machine, dish washer, or other drains.  This water is 100% safe to be reused for watering your yard and plants, with the exception of vegetables.  This can help you sidestep watering restrictions in many areas around Brisbane and Sunshine Coast.  These systems are another item which can be part of an environmental house design which has little affect on your comfort and enjoyment of your home.

When you start getting environmental house design quotes from a company like Drafting Concepts make sure they understand what is most important to you.  If comfort is more important than environmental concerns simply tell them.  They can help make your home efficient, comfortable, and enjoyable.

Waterwise Tips for Environmental House Design

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Saving water is another important factor in environmental house design.  Saving on water is one of the easiest things to accomplish around your home if you take the time and do a few small things.  It starts off with making in clear as you talk to a draftsman about house design services and is a never ending job on your part.  A few things you should be talking to the team doing your new house design include:

  • Consider Dual Flush Toilets for Your Home
  • Use Water Efficient Shower Heads
  • Install Water Efficient Home Appliances
  • Install High Quality Faucets

The other major items will require lifestyle changes, but these items are ones you should be implementing as you design and furnish your new home.  Let us take a look at each one for a moment.

Dual Flush Toilets Should Be In Your Plans

Talk to your draftsman about clearly specifying dual flush toilets on your new home design and materials list.  The cost of these toilets is higher but they can reduce you water use substantially.  Almost 20% of all water used in a home is flushed through the toilet.  A dual flush toilet allows you to do half flushes for times less water is needed.  A normal toilet can use 16 litres of water on every flush; by cutting this in half you can save a tremendous amount of water each year.

Another item in the bathroom which wastes water at a phenomenal rate is the shower.  Standard shower heads can allow over 20 litres of water to flow out every minute.  With some massage style shower heads this number goes even higher.  A four-star rated shower head drops this number to only 9 litres of water per minute.  These shower heads may take a little time to adjust to using, but if you desire a home which is kind to the environment and to your budget they make great sense.

Buy Water and Energy Efficient Appliances

You have two appliances which are installed in almost every new home which you would be wise to include as part of your new house design plans.  These are your dishwasher and clothes washing machine.  These two appliances can waste water at a phenomenal rate, but you can make a big difference by including energy and water efficient models in your new house design.

When you talk to a Drafting Concepts Pty Ltd about creating an environmental house design for you this is one topic which will be brought up.  They will explore many different options with you, but will want to make it clear that these two items can make big savings.

A high efficiency front loading clothes washer cuts water usage in half, it reduces soap use by over 30% and energy consumption by over 30%.  The higher efficiency dishwashers are just as impressive.  They use only 7 litres of water to wash your dishes which is less than you washing by hand.  Their energy use is nearly 30% less than a tradition dishwasher, also.

Your House Quotes are Incomplete without High Quality Faucets

It is very common for corners to get cut on items like water faucets when your environmental house design quotes and construction estimates are being calculated.  Insist on the highest quality faucets available.  They resist failure and leakage for years and will save you money.  Consider the fact that a slow dripping faucet can leak over 9000 litres of water per year.   Those cheap faucets are not a good bargain.

When you sit down with Drafting Concepts Pty Ltd of Brisbane to discuss ideas on how to save water let them know you are ready to invest in quality to save money in the future.

Environment House Design, Renovations, and Extensions

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Older homes can be a real challenge when it comes to energy efficiency.  You have a choice of starting over with a new house design and building a completely new home, or with making major renovations and extensions to any existing home to make it more efficient.  Which way should you go?

Talking to Experts to Increase Your Confidence

The starting point in your decision making process should be talking to experts in creating efficient homes.  This will usually mean an architect, engineer, or a qualified draftsman.  The lowest cost option usually comes from drafting services staffed by people highly trained in environmental house design.  One company which fits that definition is Drafting Concepts Pty Ltd in Brisbane.

When you sit down with the experts discuss your current problems and your long-term dreams.  You can be sure they will explain a new home will be the most efficient option, but does that really fit into your hopes and dreams?  If would really like to stay in your existing home there are many types of renovations which can be planned to increase the efficiency.  A few examples would include:

  • Increased Insulation
  • Adding Skylights
  • Installing More Efficient Heating and Cooling Systems
  • Replacing Windows with High Efficiency Windows
  • Installing Solar Panels for Hot Water, Electricity, or Heat
  • Installing Dual Flush Toilets

If you need more room in your existing home at the same time it is the perfect time to make extensions which can be placed strategically to increase overall efficiency.  If the summer sun beats down on a section of your home then placing a highly efficient extension in that area can increase overall home efficiency.  This is an item to discuss in depth with Daryl Wood of Drafting Concepts.  He can explain options for increasing your existing homes efficiency or a new home design.

Leaving Behind Inefficiency When You Build a New Home

If you are selling your existing home as you plan to build a new home there is something you should highly consider.  Offer to sell your existing appliances with your home as an option so you can buy new appliances for your new home.

This is another area of your new home design which can have a major impact on overall efficiency.  Higher efficiency refrigerators, freezers, washing machines, and dishwashers will greatly reduce your electrical and water usage.  This is important to consider as you work with the drafting services team at Drafting Concepts or another firm since you may need to allow for the proper size openings for your new appliances.

As you do your planning with the drafting services firm make sure you plan the home carefully.  Choose lighting systems which are more efficient like fluorescent fixtures in place of incandescent.  Choose to have more lighting fixtures with independent switches rather than one higher powered light.  This allows you to turn on only the amount of light you need for any situation and reduce your electrical cost.

In both renovations and new home design it is important to use the highest quality insulation possible.  Insulation will impact your fuel use more than any other item in your home.  Talk to your drafting team about options and have them specify the highest quality possible.  It will pay for itself rapidly.

The most important thing to remember when doing an environmental house design, renovation, or extension is partner with a team who understands your needs.  The company you choose for your drafting services must understand your goals and be able to provide you plans which work.  Drafting Concepts is ready to give you a free environmental house design quotes to see exactly what you should expect.

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