Ingredients of a sustainable home: PART 1
What ingredients are needed to create a sustainable home?
|To answer this question LightHome picked the brain of green builder Brett Blacklow who talks about the products he chose to use on the green affordable home prototype, the Smarter Small Home.
Blacklow – who teamed up with real estate veteran Kevin Doodney to create the Smarter Small Home in response to rising housing prices and a growing demand for sustainable homes throughout Australia – says the Smarter Small Home project owes much of its success to the smart choice of materials.
He believes that taking a leaf out of his book and using these products – in conjunction with good sustainable design - can help make any home sustainable, green and affordable.
Walls: sustainable lightweight claddingHey presto: laundry
Scyon™ St ria™ cladding is a wide cladding board has a 15mm horizontal joint that has the classic appeal of decorative render. However, as well as looks, it’s also pre-primed and easy to install, which was one of the key reasons this product was chosen to line the laundry of The Smarter Small Home.
Instead of installing another lining, which may have needed to be set by a plasterer and then painted, the Stria cladding was easily installed then painted. The laundry lining was quickly complete — as well as durable for the moist environment.
Quick and easy
Scyon™ Axon™ cladding is a vertically grooved cladding panel with a stepped shiplap on the long edges which means it’s very easily installed. And that means speed.
It’s pre-primed, so it’s not only painted quickly but also needs less paint and time to achieve a high quality finish. Finally, sheets are sized to fit common wall frame sizes, which means less waste and cutting.
Looks like weatherboard…
But it doesn’t weather like a timber one…Scyon™ Linea™ weatherboard’s 16mm thickness gives it the deep shadow lines of traditional weatherboard — but the advanced cement composite that it’s made of means it just doesn’t weather like it. Some timber is susceptible to cracking in exterior applications, which in turn can lead to shrinking or warping. Linea weatherboard on the other hand will maintain its integrity and general appearance significantly longer than timber.
This means that they not only hold paint longer than wood, but they can also be painted dark as well as light colours. Linea weatherboards are also back bevelled to sit flush with the stud so they’re easy to install and because they’re pre-primed they’re fast to paint.
Beauty is in the details
Want to add a finishing touch around your windows – and know that it will keep its finish? Scyon™ Axent™ trim comes in a range of thicknesses and sizes and can be used with any James Hardie cladding and any domestic window, which removes the need for special window orders to match different cladding.
It’s also pre-primed for fast paint application and, like Linea weatherboard, Axent trim will maintain its integrity and general appearance significantly longer than timber.
Get the basics right
HardieFlex™ sheets are tough, hard-wearing, low maintenance flat sheets that make it easy to achieve a smooth, painted finish – and are a great foil for all sorts of decorative trims (like Axent trim). They can be used as an eaves lining, external wall cladding and veranda and carport soffit lining.
Spice up the garage
Want an impact-resistant internal wall lining with a timber panelled finish to spice up your garage, workshop, rumpus room or even an elegant practical dado in your hallways? PineRidge® lining could be the answer..
Consider this option too: in The Smarter Small Home it was used inside walk-in robes, as a robust lining that could take the knocks and scrapes of suitcases and shoes!
See through style
Makrolon® Multiwall sheets are part of a polycarbonate glazing system that provides outstanding flexibility in design and advanced heat reflecting and light transmitting performance. An advanced construction of internal walls and chambers gives excellent insulation properties and impact strength 250 times that of glass.
Both sides of the sheet have a co-extruded UV barrier, which provides protection from 99.9% of harmful UV radiation, giving superior resistance to outdoor weathering. Made from Makrolon® polycarbonate resin, Makrolon®
Multiwall ensures high-impact strength, clarity and excellent weather resistance.
In part 2 of this sustainable home blog post, LightHome will assess some smart and sustainable material choices for roofing, flooring, windows lighting and decking.