Eco-Friendly Building Methods & Materials

September 11, 2015 - 2 min read

Constructing an eco-friendly home will not only contribute to conserving the environment, but will also help reduce the costs of your utility bills. We have researched a range of building materials, utilities and appliances to give you a basic guide to what is available in the sustainable market. Read on to learn how you can maximise your homes energy efficiency.

Recycled Building Materials

Wooden Floors


  • Cost effective
  • Reduces landfill
  • Attractive

If you are looking to reduce your building costs but want to use sustainable products, these recycled building materials may be perfect for you.

Reclaimed Tiles & Shingles: Recycling yards are a great place to pick up a range of unique second hand tiles and shingles for a bargain.

Eco-Friendly Tiles: Tiles made from recycled glass, plastic or cork is a fantastic eco-friendly option for bathrooms, kitchens and flooring.

Reclaimed Steel Roofing: Reclaim steel panels from a scrap metal yard to enjoy the sound of rain on a metal roof.

Recycled Wood Flooring: Create either a rustic or modern feel to your home with a custom wooden floor made from recycled timber.

Speak to your builder about what options will work best for your build.

Solar Energy

Solar Panel Install


  • Low maintenance
  • Eco-friendly
  • Save on bills

​Solar Panels: The upfront cost of solar panels can seem a little daunting, just remember there will be long term cost benefits. How many solar panels your home will need depends on your family’s usage, and what you want to power.

Here are some ways you can incorporate solar systems in your home.

Solar Water Heater: Save money on your utility bills by heating your water with a solar hot water system.

Solar Pool Systems: Pool heaters, cleaners and pumps cay often contribute to a large chunk of your power bill. Slash the running costs by using a solar system to power your pool equipment.

Off Grid Solar Power: Leave the electricity company behind, and supply your home with power through stand-alone solar panels.

[Related: 5 Big Benefits To Solar Power]

Heating & Cooling


In Australia, we can experience a variety of weather conditions—so ensuring your home is properly equipped to keep your property at a comfortable temperate is important. But how do you do so without pumping carbon into the environment?

Cool Roof: Also known as a white painted roof, a cool roof uses heat reflective paint, tiles or shingles to reflect the sun’s heat. The coating may also be added to paving and walls.

Insulation: Insulating your home will help keep your house cool in the warmer months, and warm in the chillier seasons. When you are looking for eco-friendly insulation, ensure you are purchasing recycled-content, and formaldehyde-free products.

Appliances: If you do opt for an air conditioner or heater, research appliances with a 5-Star Energy Rating for the most eco-friendly models. This applies for all household utilities.

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