Home ownership has long been the great Australian dream. But in the face of climate change, we must find more sustainable ways to bring our dream homes to life. Offering a range of resource-efficient elements as standard inclusions, Ecoliv designs and builds for sustainability with each building achieving a minimum 7-star energy rating.
Using locally sourced, renewable, and sustainable building materials along with limiting wastage during the construction process, our eco-friendly approach to building design and construction addresses the needs of the present without compromising the future.
Central to our approach to sustainable building are our five environmental goals: energy efficiency, water efficiency, indoor air quality, sustainable materials, and limiting waste.
Over its lifespan, it is expected this Ecoliv home* will emit 570 tCO2e (tonnes of carbon dioxide equivalent) less than average or standard buildings providing the same functionality.
This is equivalent to:
|150||Cars taken off the road for 1 year|
|76||Zero energy Australian homes for 1 year|
|17M||Balloons of CO2 gas removed from the atmosphere|
*Based on EcoGeneration range 2 bedroom, 1 bathroom designs.
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Improving energy efficiency in your home is a powerful way to reduce energy consumption and the associated emissions and make a positive contribution towards protecting and preserving our natural environment for future generations. Here’s how we make your Ecoliv home more energy efficient.
Central to Ecoliv’s resource-efficient and sustainable ethos is our commitment to passive solar design. Carefully considering the orientation of the home on your block to leverage passive solar design principles and taking advantage of natural sunlight and shade can make an enormous difference to artificial energy consumption.
Passive solar design considers orientation, shading, insulation, glazing, and sealing to work with the climate, not against it, and maintain a comfortable temperature in the home year round without the need for expensive heating and cooling.
Did you know that in just 60 minutes, 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. to:
Solar power systems act as mini power stations, supplying you with electricity and sending any surplus back to the electricity grid. When power is fed back to the grid, your energy provider will credit your account.
Based on a 2.2kw solar power system, Ecoliv gives you the opportunity to significantly reduce your power bill. How significant is the saving? You can expect your utility bill to be reduced by about 51 percent annually (or about $740). The yearly environmental benefits of your solar system are equivalent to:
|964||Litres of avoided petrol|
|1095||Kgs of avoided coal burnt|
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 manage your energy usage
Hot water systems can account for 25 percent of household CO2 emissions, so selecting an energy efficient system can have a significant impact on the environment. Heat Pump hot water systems use industry-leading technology, where energy is drawn in from the ambient atmosphere and transferred into heat. The result is a system that requires radically less electricity to heat water when compared to conventional hot water systems. In fact, this system will save you up to 80 percent of your hot water energy costs year after year and is equal to taking a car off the road in terms of carbon emission.
Collecting rain water and reducing mains water consumption in your home can reduce water bills and preserve this precious resource. Here’s how we make your Ecoliv home more water efficient.
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 in all new buildings located on a single site.
Research shows that around 10 percent 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.
Designed to increase air circulation, maximise cross-flow ventilation and improve indoor air quality by using materials with low or no volatile organic compounds, you can breathe easy in your Ecoliv home. Here’s how we improve indoor air quality in your home.
Minimising the use of plywood, MDF and particleboard due to their formaldehyde content, Ecoliv reduces volatile organic compounds 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.
Adopting green building practices and choosing sustainable building materials for your home is one way to significantly reduce your carbon footprint and curb negative environmental impacts – protecting and preserving our planet for future generations. Here are some of the sustainable building materials we utilise when building your Ecoliv home.
Ecoliv utilises plantation timber sourced from sustainable origins wherever possible. 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.
Saving up to 50 percent 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 benchtops utilise reclaimed material content. Stain, crack, scratch and heat resistant, this is the perfect choice for a sustainable maintenance-free surface.
Windows can dramatically influence the heating and cooling loads of a building. Up to 40 percent of a home’s heating energy can be lost and up to 87 percent of its heat gained through windows. The good news is that double glazing can significantly reduce heat transfer through windows which in turn saves on energy consumption (and the bills associated). Our sustainable modular homes all feature double-glazed windows and sliding doors with five star Window Energy Rating System (WERS) glass.
Ecoliv construction methods focus on timber sourced from Gippsland’s renewable plantations. Using timber significantly reduces environmental impacts during construction, operation and eventual demolition. Here’s why we prefer timber:
Timber is non-toxic, low in VOCs, is safe to handle and construct with.
Timber is the most renewable and sustainable material on the planet which provides both environmental and performance benefits.
Timber can be recycled and repurposed over its life cycle until it naturally breaks down.
It takes very little energy to convert trees into timber making it the lowest embodied energy of all building materials.
Timber is made from carbon drawn from the atmosphere which would otherwise be adding to the Greenhouse effect.
Timber is a natural insulator and can reduce energy needs when used in floors, doors and windows.
Its superior versatility and lightweight properties make timber easy to work with simple equipment which reduces energy consumption during construction.
The compact nature of each Ecoliv module allows us to minimise wasted space, resources and costs. Incorporating 900mm building material increments into every design, we’re able to significantly reduce construction waste. We also utilise a lightweight footing system that is removable and recyclable, allowing site adaptability and minimal excavation.
Central to our construction process, reducing construction waste is key to all Ecoliv designs. We advocate this through the following methods: