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BU568 Low-impact homes (2014)

Product Description

Low-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 and 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 and replaces Bulletin 446 Sustainable 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.