When renovating, make your home warmer, drier, healthier and cheaper to run - it’s your chance to build back smarter.
- Reduce heat loss
Stop drafts around doors and windows, boost ceiling, underfloor and wall insulation, use two layers of thermally-backed curtains and when possible double glaze with low-emissivity glass.
- Efficiently heat your home
Capture free heat by improving access to winter sun through north-facing windows, choose an efficient heating system that can heat living areas to a minimum of 18°C and bedrooms to 16°C.
- Control moisture at the source
Remove damp air from your home with an extractor fan in all bathrooms, a range hood in the kitchen and vent your clothes drier outside. Laying a plastic sheet over the ground beneath raised floors also provides an important moisture barrier.
- Be water-wise
Insulate all hot water pipes and hot water cylinders, check your cylinder thermostat is set to 60°C, then choose water-efficient taps and low-flow showerheads, dual flush toilets, and a water-efficient washing machines and dishwashers.
- Regularly ventilate your home
Open windows and doors for a few minutes each day to remove moisture and allow fresh dry air to circulate throughout your home.