Hi ive been reading the posts with intrest on the topic from off-to-fnq and have found it to be very interesting. However rather then posting another message on off to fnq post i thought i would start a new topic under sustainable building and design and hope that those people whom have posted in the above mentioned post will continue the disussion.
I am very interested in building a sustainable home but am not educated at all in this area ive only just begun to research it.
Originally we were going to build a more traditonal home but then i leant about complying with basix (nsw) and became more interested in building a nice looking home both inside and out that is comfortable to live in and reduces the need for so many resources.
We will be building on a farm in central west nsw so our home will need to be self sufficent with water anyway so why not attempt to make it self suffiecent (as much as possible) for the sake of the enviorment (but more importantly for us at least more economical in the long term).
I have seen limited designs for sustainable housing and given where i live i dont believe there is anything available to someone who is not well versed in this type of building. I do not see any homes in our area built that look to be sustainable house designs, and am confident that most builders in the area do not focus on sustanabilty. After speaking to a few about basix Re; draftspeople who are also builders they say they would keep changing the design until it complied which says to me that if they arent sure they could design a house that complies with gov regs then they dont nessasarliy focus on enviormental issues when designing or building and basix is more then likley a big pain for them. I dont particulary wnat someone who has that mind set to be someone who builds my home.
Therefore the converstations that have started on this website have interested me and if you should like to continue with your discussion and anyother comments about enviromental buidling and sustainable please feel free. Also if anyone has any ideas or links regarding websistes were i may be able to find companies, builders so forth who speacialise in this type of building in my area id appreciate it as ive been unsuccesful thus far.