Cecille Weldon created and developed the Banksia award-winning Liveability Real Estate Framework in partnership with CSIRO. It has 17 property features for Australian homes that can reduce running cost and increase comfort at the same time.
There are a lot of property features that don’t make it into advertising, perhaps because people aren’t familiar enough with them to recognise that it is a feature. The Real Estate Framework can change that since these features can make your home more comfortable and cheaper to run.
Most people are going through
Luckily, Liveability’s features require little effort. You can just slide them into your home renovation or include it in a simple upgrade. Standardisation was important to the process. Making sure that the features were easy to apply was a guiding principle during its creation.
The aspects of house design
Australia’s debate around affordable housing is a relevant issue since many first-time buyers can’t enter the market. The
Implementing Liveability’s features can bring in more real data–information like ‘can this property not only
Implementing the following features can make your house feel more comfortable:
Is your city more likely to get a bigger heating or cooling bill? Sydney, for instance, has a mixed climate. So your heating and cooling bills
And is your home close to a vibrant community experience? Features like community gardens and farmers’ markets will (potentially) reduce the time you spend in your house, therefore lowering your running costs. Being able to walk to nearby locations will also help, instead of having to use transportation.
For most of Australia, north facing living rooms and cross ventilation will reduce running costs. As we’ve said earlier, this can help you heat or cool only the rooms that need them.
Even the minimum ceiling insulation will make a drastic effect on your house comfort and costs. In fact, of the 17 features, insulation and external shading on the east and north sides of your house will be the cheapest and most bang-for-the-buck-features you can implement.
Energy efficient lighting is also important. We’re talking about LED here, and Solar PV is also a wonderful thing. Low water gardens are handy for places prone to water shortage
To break it down, those 17 features would be:
Efficient heating and cooling devices
Energy efficient lighting
An efficient hot water system
Solar Photovoltaic (PV) System
Low water garden
Density of building materials
Water efficiency devices
Shading or sun control
You can think of these 17 things as a “shopping checklist” that you can chip away at your own time and priorities. Just keep in mind that every time you invest in these upgrades, you can