2. Water Efficiency
Water Saving Plumbing Fittings
Ecoliv incorporates 6 stars WELS rated plumbing fittings which control the flow of water, saving up to 14,500 litres of water in an average home each year.
Water Tank Configuration
With the average Australian family using around 1,300 litres of water in the home each day, water conservation is key to maintaining a resource-efficient, sustainable and cost-saving abode. Eliminating reliance on mains water, Ecoliv provides a 10,000 litre water tank with each new build*
*Applicable for new homes on a single title only. Eco B&B, Ecoliv Cabin, Eco Studio and extension projects to be connected to existing services.
Water Saving Appliances
Research shows that around 10 per cent of the average home’s water usage occurs in the kitchen, and the biggest culprit is the dishwasher. An appliance that saves us so much time yet can be a drain on our resources (energy and money), Ecoliv installs appliances that have earned a maximum energy rating and WELS rating.
Timber Framing and Trusses
Natural and renewable, timber is the optimal framing and truss choice for our buildings, with research showing that its use can save up to 23 tonnes of carbon per home.
Sustainable Plantation Timber
Utilising plantation timber sourced from Gippsland’s renewable plantations, Ecoliv significantly reduces the environmental impacts that can arise during the construction and lifecycle of our buildings. Natural and renewable, timber is the optimal framing and truss choice for our buildings, with research showing that its use can save up to 23 tonnes of carbon per home.
Here’s are a few reasons why timber is one of our preferred materials:
It’s natural. Timber is non-toxic, low in VOC’s, and is safe to handle and use in construction.
It’s renewable. Timber is the most renewable and sustainable material on the planet, providing both environmental and long-term performance benefits.
It’s recyclable. Timber can be recycled and repurposed over its life cycle until it naturally breaks down.
It’s low in embodied energy. It takes very little energy to convert tress into timber making. In fact, it’s the lowest embodied energy of all building materials.
It stores carbon naturally. Timber is made from carbon, which it draws and removes from the atmosphere, where it would otherwise have adverse Greenhouse effects.
It’s a great insulator. Timber is a natural insulator and can reduce the need for energy when used in floors, doors and window frames.
It’s flexible. Its superior versatility and lightweight properties make timber easy to work with simple equipment which reduces energy consumption during construction.
Ecoliv offers a range of sustainably sourced cladding products, all recognised for their durability, lightweight features and low maintenance qualities. Brands we use include Shadowclad, Weathertex, Colourbond Steel, Scyon, Cemintel and Radial sawn timber.
Double Glazed Windows
Featuring double glazed windows in all our buildings, Ecoliv is proud to achieve WERS (Window Energy Rating System) of 5 Stars. Our windows and sliding doors are designed to achieve the best possible energy rating and thermal comfort all year round.
Saving up to 50 per cent on heating and cooling costs, Ecoliv includes high-level roof, wall and floor insulation in each construction. Our glass wool insulation batts are manufactured using recycled glass bottles and sand. They are non-irritant and fully recyclable as well as thermally and acoustically efficient.
Ecoliv joinery is made to strict Australian quality standards using wood fibre from sustainable forests. Our range is manufactured in factories that meet environmental and social regulations and has been independently certified by Good Environmental Choice Australia.
Our reconstituted stone benchtops utilise reclaimed material content. Stain, crack, scratch and heat resistant, this is the perfect choice for a sustainable maintenance-free surface.
4. Indoor Environment Quality
Low VOC Paints
Ecoliv source the highest quality low VOC outgassing paint for our interior surfaces.
Low VOC Timber Products
Minimising the use of plywood, MDF and particleboard due to their formaldehyde content, Ecoliv reduces VOCs by ensuring all our manufactured timber products have a formaldehyde content of less than 1mg/litre.
We strategically place windows, incorporating both passive and active internal air circulation systems in our buildings to encourage cross ventilation, which results in significantly improved air quality.
5. Waste Reduction
The compact nature of each Ecoliv module allows us to minimise wasted space, resources and costs. Incorporating 900mmm building material increments into every design, we’re able to significantly reduce construction wastage. We also utilise a lightweight footing system which is removable and recyclable, allowing site adaptability and minimal excavation.
Central to our construction process, green living is key to all Ecoliv designs. We advocate this through the following methods:
- Maximising the use of 900mm building materials to minimise wastage.
- Prefabrication of frames and trusses reduces wastage by up to 52 per cent.
- Recycling excess building materials where possible.
- With 40 per cent of building and renovation waste going to landfill, our factory-built structures generate less waste overall.
- When Ecoliv modules are delivered, strict onsite guidelines are adhered to, ensuring minimal waste and environmental disturbance.
- Widespan joist and bearer footing system ensures minimal site impact with its lightweight and site adaptable properties.