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Use Sustainable Building Principles & Reduce Your Carbon Footprint

When you choose sustainable building principles your building renovation will last while at the same time you are reducing your personal carbon footprint.

When you build or renovate, you want to use materials that last apart from ensuring quality workmanship. When you choose sustainable principles, you access two advantages. The first is that your building will last because that is the meaning of sustainability, and the second is that you are reducing your carbon footprint, which we can all do more of.

Let’s look at the benefits that you get from sustainable choices for your renovation a little closer:


One of the main reasons to choose sustainable building principles is their longevity. The idea of renovating and enjoying your home for many years is an attractive one, especially if you plan to stay in the house. And the low maintenance that comes with it makes it even more so.

Modern kitchen renovation with inbuilt storage space

Advanced Framing

Many ‘green’ builders employ a framing technique for building that results in lower material and labour costs because it utilises less wood. 

Using advanced framing saves on cost and increases the home’s energy performance, resulting in a more robust building.

Conserving Energy Saves Money

Sustainable building materials are manufactured with less waste and are generally more efficient within your home. For example, green insulation, eco-friendly heating, thermostats that can be programmed, and low-flow toilets help save energy and your overall costs.

Recycled doors give an old world touch to the butlers pantry

A Healthy Home Environment

Aim to use sustainable building materials that are free from toxins. There is a lot to choose from on the market, so it’s worth looking at them closely to create a healthy home environment for you and your family.

You can use materials like air systems that use air from outside rather than recycled, natural wool carpet, insulation that restricts mold growth, or laminates that don’t use any toxins in their manufacture.

Minimise Waste

Often sustainable solutions are manufactured using recycled or reclaimed materials. Using these materials when you build helps reduce overall waste and improve your carbon footprint.

Simple bathroom renovation from Nouvelle in Sydney

Shop Locally

When you buy local products, you support your local businesses, which we all need to do now more than ever. You are also likely to save money as no expensive transport costs are added to the price.

So look around and see what you can buy locally.

Reclaimed Wood

Wood is a beautiful medium to build with, and you can buy wood for your renovation reclaimed from old buildings being demolished. Already aged and refinished, it’s perfect for a wooden floor or rustic shelving.

Recycled wood shelving in a stunning renovation

Increased Home Value

Sustainability is popular. More and more people want sustainable solutions in their homes, and using sustainable materials in your renovation adds to the resale value.

Feature a Living Wall

Sustainability can also include improving the air quality in your home with a living wall. There have also been studies that show having real greenery in your home enhances happiness and health. They also look fantastic, help you make a statement, and help to insulate your home.

Renovation overlooking Sydney with beautiful natural light

Harness the Sun

Installing solar panels at your home is the ultimate in sustainability. They pay for themselves in a matter of years and are worth the investment. Save even more on energy, and liberate yourself from relying on nonrenewable fossil fuels.

Contact Nouvelle About Your Renovation

If you have questions about your renovation or remodel and incorporating sustainable building principles, contact us at Nouvelle.

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