In creating a blueprint as a sustainable neighbourhood, Oaklands Green has two simple and important objectives: reduce the development’s energy usage overall, and reduce the cost of energy for each household. There are a number of ways that these objectives have been included in the Oaklands Park homes’ architecture.
‘Passive Design’ takes advantage of the climate to maintain a comfortable temperature range in the home. It reduces the need for heating or cooling, which can account for about 40% of energy use in the average Australian home.
‘Building Materials’ come with an environmental cost of some sort. However, careful analysis and selection of materials and the way they are combined will yield significant improvements in the comfort and cost effectiveness Oaklands Green homes.
‘Energy Consumption’ reduction has been factored into each home design. Heating and cooling use the most energy in a home (40%), followed by water heating (20%), appliances (34%), then lighting (6%). With smart design and modern materials, consumption will be kept to a minimum.
‘Water Consumption’ reduction is also a major part of each Oaklands Green home design, which will include water efficient showerheads, toilets, appliances and taps. Around the neighbourhood, indigenous plants have been chosen that are adapted for local growing conditions, along with mulching and water-efficient irrigation systems.
It is the aim of the Oaklands Green development to not only provide an affordable home to buy – but one that is affordable to live in today, and long into the future. Because ‘a fresh start’ is just the beginning of a life to come.