Our Environmental Services
Green Concept Builders build quality homes and constructions while utilising the latest green building concepts available. Understanding costs versus benefits are always considered and individual budgets catered for.
Some of our Green Building Living Options Include:
Grey Water Systems
Shower, laundry and bath water can be used to sustain a vibrant healthy garden. With careful planning, an automatic grey water system can be installed to disperse water to different areas of your garden. All you have to do is decide how much water you want and where. The tank that we recommend stores approximately 20 litres of water before the pump cuts in and disperses water into your garden. When the allotted water has been used, the system automatically changes to the next line and so on. Its great and a very efficient, low maintenance product that is surprisingly affordable. Green healthy gardens are good karma.
From 500lt to 100,000lt tanks can be designed and installed. The tanks harvest rain water using pressure sealed storm-water pipes that can even be made to flow uphill! We recommend connecting toilets and connecting a line direct to the kitchen into a filter system through to the tap at the sink. Pump running costs and water costs make these measures budget conscious while doing something for our environment and ourselves. Mmmm clean filtered rain water to drink and to cook our fresh foods in.
Other Water Savers
Low flow taps with aerators that make it hard to tell that they are low flow. Shower heads which reduce flow to 10lts per minute which still provide that all over wet feeling, (as recommended by South East Water). Plant hardy drought-tolerant plants or grasses that do well in all climates with a little bit of planning. Create natural water flows with rain gardens and tiered landscaping by understanding that water flows downhill.
What are they? Basically they are a higher roofed area within a house that can be vented. When the hot air rises and ventilation is provided at ground level this draws air through the house and creates what is called, “Passive Cooling”. No electricity required unless you want electric opening louvres at the top of your chimney. In with the fresh and out with the hot stale air.
Environmental Heating and Cooling
This is a form of cooling your house down without using high energy cooling devices. It can be as simple as planting a line of trees to keep that hot afternoon sun off your house. Plant deciduous trees out the front for shade in summer and when they drop their leaves in autumn they provide warm sun in winter and mulch for gardens. It can be installing the correct windows or a solar chimney for air circulation. Maybe a water feature at the front entrance that can act as a natural evaporative cooler as air flows over the water and into your home. Passive cooling is only using nature’s gifts of water, wind and plants.
Zoned Heating & Cooling
This is where we break your house up into different zones that require heating and cooling on demand. Good door seals and ducted pipes fitted with zone control motors that can close off set areas saves power and prevents bedrooms being too hot and stuffy. Allowing you the ability to open windows in bedrooms while the rest of the house is being heated.
Well, we all know what insulation is . . . it’s the stuff that keeps the hot/ cold out and hot/cool in. It normally does this by creating a trapped still air pocket that slows down and minimises heat/cold transfer. Some forms also reflect direct heat/cold transmissions. It is great stuff that can be added to your home to achieve different “Energy Ratings”. The higher the rating the better. This saves on heating and cooling costs because inside the house the temperature is kept more stable.
Volatile Organic Compound (Harmful Vapors)
VOC are the harmful vapors that are emitted from every day products. In the home we have some of the worst products that omit harmful vapors. Oil paints and water base paints are put together using solvent bases. Hence the initial smell that gradually fades until we don’t realise that it is still giving off vapors, but in fact goes on emitting for years to come. Some carpets are made using petrol chemical derivatives and harmful glues. Floor polishes like poly-urethane where the vapors are so strong that the vapors will actually congeal in water. Sheet flooring, cabinetry sheets, M.D.F sheeting and mouldings also omit harmful vapors. We can provide you with alternatives to these products which come with far less harmful vapors. Fresh air in the home with no harmful fumes.
Non Asthmatic House
Where floor boards replace carpets or where small amounts of pure wool carpets are used. VOC’s are reduced or eliminated as much as possible. An ioniser can be incorporated in the ducted heating cooling system to significantly free dust particles in the air. Fresh water and good cross ventilation for removal of stagnant stale air. Use of soaps and cleaning products that are recommended for grey water systems are safer and less harmful to our bodies. Fruit and vegetables washed in filtered rain water with no added chemicals, pesticides,algaecides, salts etc. This gives that sensitive body a chance to grow straight and true.
From hardy plants and grasses to using/ diverting natural run-off water. Incorporating rain gardens and landscape tiers to use water more than once!
Other Energy Savers
Different forms of lighting and positioning. Zoning of areas in the home for cooling and heating. Solar power/ hot water, are they right for you? Ducted heating and cooling, is this efficient? Thermal mass! Can we use this as an asset? The list of options keeps growing on a daily basis.