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  BU568 Low-impact homes

BU568.jpgLow-impact construction for new dwellings:

  • minimises use of non-renewable resources while using renewable resources to their best advantage over the building's lifetime
  • adopts technologies and processes for local conditions
  • reduces construction and in-use waste
  • is resilient to adverse conditions and changes in use.

This bulletin gives an overview of the key elements and benefits of low-impact design and construction.

The bulletin covers:

  • site selection
  • design and specification, including climate-responsive design, insulation, thermal mass, appliances, on-site renewable electricity generation, rainwater collection and indoor moisture management
  • construction
  • maintenance and resource use
  • deconstruction/salvage.

Publication date: February 2014 Keywords: Building Code, environment, management, recycling, sustainability