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Green Building Eco Renovation Sustainable Homes Links Resources Tips Advice Ballarat Melbourne Daylesford

There is so much information out there on green buildings, sustainable living and healthy homes, that it can be overwhelming to know where to start!

We’ve compiled this list of resources to help you, and we’ll continue to update it regularly. Hope you’ll find it useful.

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RESOURCE & REFERENCE LIST

SUSTAINABLE BUILDING/ARCHITECTURE REFERENCE BOOKS (some of our favourite recommendations!):

 

OWNER BUILDING/CONSTRUCTION REFERENCE BOOKS/RESOURCES:

 

MAGAZINES (PRINT & ONLINE):

 

GREEN BUILDING VIDEOS:

 

PODCASTS:

  • Our friend Amelia Lee at The Undercover Architect does a very helpful podcast all about “Getting It Right” when building and renovating your home (Australian):  https://undercoverarchitect.com/podcast/ 
  • Home Style Green: http://homestylegreen.com/ (From New Zealand but with international content and very relevant information for Australia with interviews focussed on sustainable homes).

 

GREEN BUILDING WEBSITES – INSPIRATION & IDEAS:

 

GENERAL SUSTAINABLE LIVING:

 

WATER EFFICIENCY:

 

SUSTAINABLE MATERIAL SELECTION:

 

APPLIANCES (ENERGY EFFICIENT):

 

LIGHTING

 

RENEWABLE ENERGY / SOLAR HOT WATER:

 

 ONLINE CALCULATORS:

ECOLOGICAL FOOTPRINT

WATER FOOTPRINT

LED LIGHTING CALCULATOR

R-VALUE CALCULATORS

WATER TANK CALCULATOR

SOLAR ENERGY FEASIBILITY

BUILDING PERMIT LEVY FEE CALCULATOR

AIR CONDITIONING SIZING CALCULATOR

LIGHT BULB SAVING APP/CALCULATOR

ENERGY RATING LABEL APP/CALCULATOR

 

 

GREEN ROOFS (LIVING ROOFS):

 

SUSTAINABLE GARDENING/PERMACULTURE:

 

SUSTAINABLE TRANSPORT:

PUBLIC TRANSPORT

BICYCLES

CAR-SHARE (Melbourne only at this stage – doesn’t seem to be any in Ballarat yet)

MORE EFFICIENT CARS

 

CARBON OFFSET PROGRAMS:

 

GENERAL ENVIRONMENTAL / CHARITIES / NGO LINKS:

 

SUSTAINABILITY & KIDS:

 

SOLAR & SUN MOVEMENT & ORIENTATION FOR YOUR SITE: 

 

USEFUL LINKS FOR YOUR PROJECT:

 

SOME FAVE ETHICAL SUSTAINABLE PRODUCTS:

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BALLARAT ENVIRONMENTAL GROUPS:

 

Have we missed a favourite of yours? Found a broken-link? Please let us know and we’ll update the list! Thanks in advance, Talina x

 

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