5 Environmental Goals - Ecoliv
Ecoliv environmental goals

Our 5 Environmental Goals

Energy efficiency, water efficiency, materials, indoor environment quality and waste reduction

1. Energy Efficiency

There are many things we can all do to help reduce our impact on the environment and minimising our individual energy consumption plays a big role. There are many ways to run an a home that's energy efficient and here are some energy goals to strive for.

Grid Connected Solar Power System*

Did you know that in just 60 minutes, our earth receives enough sunlight to power us for an entire year? One of the best ways to harness this natural energy is through solar electricity.

Installing a 1.8kw solar power system to all new buildings located on a single site, Ecoliv gives you the opportunity to substantially reduce or eliminate your power bill. How? Solar power systems act as a mini power station for your building, supplying you with electricity and sending any surplus back to the electricity grid. When power is fed back to the grid, your energy retailer will credit your account. It’s that simple.
Better still – upgrade to an off grid solar power system and battery storage and free yourself from power bills and electricity companies for life.

*1.8kw solar power system is not included for studios, additions or second dwellings, which will connect to existing services onsite.

Providing homes with up to 90 per cent of their hot water needs, a solar hot water system can save up to $500 to $700 on electricity bills each year. Ecoliv includes an energy efficient hot water service with each new build*.

With up to 60 per cent of an average hot water bill attributed to heat loss from pipes, we make sure that all rooms using hot water are grouped together, thus taking advantage of shorter pipes and minimising heat loss.

*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.

Our LED downlights use 85% less energy than halogen or incandescent lighting and have double the lifespan.

An invaluable tool for monitoring energy consumption, Ecoliv can include an electricity usage meter in our homes and commercial buildings. Providing instant feedback on energy usage, cost and estimated CO2 emissions, this feature helps you to reduce your building’s carbon footprint and provides you with the opportunity to better manage your energy use.

Providing superior star rated appliances as standard inclusions, Ecoliv is committed to sustainable longevity in all our buildings.

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.

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.

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.

3. Materials

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.

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.

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.

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.
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