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Home Living : May 31st 2011
HLS - HOME LIVING: SOUTH, Tuesday, May 31, 2011 5 Build green or you'll pay a price » ADVERTISING FEATURE HOMELIVING Rising energy and water prices will boost the value of existing green homes and commercial premises leading to a new wave of environmental design, housing products and marketing approaches by the real estate industry, an architects' organisation says. Archicentre, the building inspection service of the Australian Institute of Architects, warns rising energy prices have had an effect on the costs of poorly designed and poorly insulated domestic and commercial premises. Archicentre state manager Ian Agnew said this would have a noticeable impact on family budgets and on business bottom lines. ''Homeowners with well designed and insulated homes including solar panels and rain water tanks, stand to see hundreds of dollars a year cut from their energy and water bills as prices escalate dramatically,'' Mr Agnew said. Mr Agnew said the pressure of housing affordability today was not just in the initial building costs as housing affordability had now spread into the services such as power, water and gas to run a home. ''The property market will become increasingly driven by running costs which will be automatically factored in by buyers who are looking at balancing their mortgages and other costs. The reality is the payback period for solar panels and other energy saving technology has shortened dramatically with power costs in the past two years skyrocketing. ''With a premium price for green homes and green commercial property, the real estate industry will need to upgrade their staff training and environmental skills to address the market queries. ''A carbon tax that increases the cost of energy will fuel design and product innovation as builders and all trades will look towards the more efficient building of green properties and improved products," Mr Agnew said. Mr Agnew said one of the biggest trends in new homes and renovations was around the introduction of ''quality-based building inspections'', aimed at ensuring homes with a six or more green star design are actually built to the standard. ''At present no one checks the quality of the construction or insulation with the six star performances quickly evaporating if there are gaps in the door or window seals, or poor quality insulation is installed, or the roof is faulty. ''Not only will the continuing increased energy prices boost property values, they will also put a strong focus on the quality of construction of renovations and new homes in the future in relation to sustainability." Find out more at archicentre.com.au MD Regular MD Budget MD Luxury FROM $399 conditions apply ,IC .O # !". 48 HOUR TURN AROUND 2045641i 10/5 2152107i 18/1 9755 1622 4677 2301 Phone: Showroom & Factory: Fax: 77 Larra St, Yennora 9632 1399 Specialising in Shopfront & Domestic Roller Shutters SAVE $$$ - FACTORY DIRECT PRICES Master Lic:408646770 Roller Shutters Shopfront Shutters Stainless Steel Doors Automatic Garage Doors FREE MEASURE & QUOTES Call 9632 1111 www.burwoodshutters.com.au 5% OFF YOUR LOWEST GENUINE PRICE Window Shutters Safety Doors Window Grilles Automatic Gates 2061737i hlw wk15 204 Mt Annan Drive, Mt Annan PH 0404 805 462 www.ptconstructions.com.au Authorised dealer of 2075620i 19/4 Pergolas Carports Timber Decking 20 YEAR STRUCTURAL GUARANTEE FIELDERS Conditions apply For kitchen contract valued over $8,500 +$SSOH L3DG *% ZLWK ZL À Call 1800 826 144 for a free design and quote or visit www.kitcheners.com.au Kitcheners Kitchens made just for youTM ® ® "Trust Kitcheners for Australia's best custom made kitchens" Huey END OF FINANCIAL YEAR KITCHEN CLEARANCE! HURRY, MUST END JUNE 30! FREE iPAD 2 FOR 1ST 20 CUSTOMERS+ UP TO 35% OFF CUSTOM MADE KITCHENS* CUSTOM BUILT IN WARDROBES • Mirrored • Sliding • Coloured Internals • Frosted and White Glass Doors • Wide Variety of Frame Colours • Hinged • Timber Life Time GUARANTEE We Will Beat Any Written Quote. conditions apply 9620 5108 FREE QUOTES TO ALL AREAS YOUR LOCAL WARDROBE SPECIALIST 2277719i 31/5
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