Master Builders Green Living Accreditation
Green Living accreditation offers builders a range of benefits, including access to a marketable brand, skills for implementing energy provisions, and visibility in the Master Builders Victoria directory. Accredited builders gain the tools and knowledge to construct energy-efficient structures, setting a new standard in the housing sector. This accreditation enhances customer service by enabling builders to provide informed advice on sustainable solutions, contributing to a more environmentally conscious industry.
The Energy Smart Housing Manual, developed by Sustainability Victoria, serves as a comprehensive guide for designing and constructing energy-efficient homes. Backed by research and insights, the manual provides key principles to help homeowners, renters, designers, builders, architects, and others:
- Save Money: Proper home orientation can reduce heating and cooling needs by 15%, resulting in 60-70% lower energy bills for well-insulated and draught-proofed homes.
- Promote Health: Maintaining stable internal thermal temperatures enhances occupant well-being by minimizing health risks associated with extreme temperatures and indoor pollutants.
- Reduce Greenhouse Gas Emissions: Following the manual's principles can lead to significant yearly reductions of 5 to 8 1/2 tonnes in greenhouse gas emissions compared to homes built to current industry standards.
The manual covers topics such as optimal home orientation, shading for existing homes, and advice on windows, insulation, thermal mass, and air leakage prevention. Implementing these recommendations results in energy and cost savings, a healthier living environment, and a contribution to reducing greenhouse gas emissions.
Sustainable Building Alliance
The Sustainable Builders Alliance comprises of seasoned, independent builders, that seeks to expedite the adoption of low-carbon, sustainable, and high-performance construction practices. Instead of relying on individual voices, the alliance harnesses the collective power of a group to propel meaningful change.
The primary objective is to instigate tangible transformations, disseminate practical knowledge, and foster a community of knowledgeable builders, designers, tradespeople, and professionals. The ultimate goal is to guide the construction industry toward a carbon-neutral and sustainable future. The alliance offers an array of resources on its website, including webinars, podcasts, case studies, and valuable links, all geared towards empowering and informing individuals within the industry.