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Your Home: a comprehensive guide to the design principles and features that add value to your home

Your Home is a comprehensive guide to the design principles and features that add value to your home and reduce its environmental impact

The process of choosing, renovating or building a home can be daunting, particularly if you haven’t been through it before. Having the right information and making the right decisions early on in the process is critical for achieving a home that meets your sustainability goals in the most cost effective way. With the current efforts and focus on building recovery in the South East and the increased activity around home renovation and bushfire preparation the advice in the Australian Governments Your Home guide is more than timely . The Your Home 6th edition expected to be released in late 2020 is undergoing a major technical and editorial update. The Department of Industry, Science, Energy and Resources has coordinated a team of building experts, industry professionals, scientific editors and graphic designers to update the Your Home website whilst they update the book.

Your Home is your guide to building, buying or renovating a home. It shows how to create a comfortable home with low impact on the environment — economical to run, healthier to live in and adaptable to your changing needs.

Your home is important in so many ways. It’s a place to unwind, relax and spend quality time with family and friends. It’s also likely to be the biggest investment you make. Your decisions about your home have consequences for your future living costs and quality of life. Collectively, such decisions contribute to the bigger picture and can help to create more vibrant, connected and sustainable towns and cities.

In such rapidly changing times, smart investment decisions demand smart thinking about new issues. When you’re planning your renovation or building project it’s easy to focus on the short term, but features that enhance resale value, improve comfort and reduce bills are worth paying for.

Your Home is a comprehensive guide to the design principles and features that add value to your home and reduce its environmental impact. Many of them come at no additional cost. They just require the right ‘know how’ at the right stage of your renovation or building project. Others may add cost but also add lasting value and help to ‘future-proof’ your home against rising energy and water costs.

Each section in Your Home covers a particular sustainability theme, such as passive design or energy. A sustainable home needs to address all of these themes in tandem. The principles and ideas in each section can be applied to any home. The articles in each section contain advice on practical solutions you can adapt to your budget, climate and lifestyle. As sustainable housing technologies and approaches are evolving all the time, Your Home is periodically updated to keep the information current.

© Commonwealth of Australia 2020. Your Home is licensed under CC BY 4.0, and provided free of charge at

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