BU568 Low-impact homes (2014)
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
- maintenance and resource use