Sustainability Victoria and the Victorian Government have launched a free online renovation planning resource program – ‘Smarter Renovations’ – which they say will guide energy efficient practices for all scales of projects.
The program will provide home renovators with interactive tools, information and independent advice on how to improve and maximise the energy efficiency of their building, be it any size or scale of project.
SV says they implemented the online tool to combat what they called the “knowledge gap in the home renovation market.”
“There is little practical information available on energy efficient retrofits and renovations, or advice provided to help renovators go beyond minimum building standards (currently 6 stars),” said a statement from SV.
“This results in missed opportunities which are crucial to the comfort and ongoing energy costs of living in the renovated house.”
The research released from SV indicates that the knowledge gap in Victoria’s home renovations is particularly visual in wall and floor insulation as well as energy efficient lighting.
SV’s research found:
The Smarter Renovations Planner tool attempts to addresses this knowledge gap by giving home renovators an accessible and free platform to calculate accurate cost savings that can be achieved by making different energy efficiency improvements. These improvements include things such as improving insulation, windows or lighting, draught-proofing and upgrading appliances.
Users of the Planner tool are asked five initial questions regarding the size, type of occupancy, location, material composition and aspect of their homes, before being delving deeper into the goals of their home renovation.
It works by assessing the type of house, current energy needs and use, together with the renovation work being planned.
The key features of the Smarter Renovations program include:
Source: Architecture & Design
The Smarter Renovations program can be accessed by CLICKING HERE.