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Green Smart Magazine : GreenSmart 2010
HIA GreenSmart is all about designing, building or renovating a home to include certain principles which help conserve the earth's resources and provide a healthy home for its occupants. It's a way of building that focuses on educating builders, designers, manufacturers and consumers about the benefits of environmentally responsible housing. A registered brand of the Housing Industry Association (HIA), GreenSmart was developed in 1999 to provide a pathway for everyone involved in building or renovating a home to learn about the principles of sustainable design. GreenSmart also promotes members of the housing industry who choose to build in this way by showcasing their projects and skills. Our aim is to help anyone wanting to build or renovate in a sustainable manner to identify what features they would like in their home, the right questions to ask and, most importantly, how to find a GreenSmart builder who can deliver the benefits of sustainable home design and building they are looking for. GreenSmart aims to: • develop, demonstrate and promote building technologies, design principles and construction practices that help improve the quality of Australia's homes • help businesses adopt and use best practice environmental management approaches as part of their day-to-day business practice • encourage consumers and builders to apply GreenSmart principles into the design, building and construction of mainstream housing • help to influence industry approaches to housing while meeting community expectations with regard to housing types and costs • encourage the adoption of environmental innovations across the building industry. The principles of building the GreenSmart way include correct orientation on site to maximise solar design principles, natural ventilation, insulation (the first line of defence against the external elements after passive solar design), thermal mass (the ability of a material to absorb heat energy), and flooring. GreenSmart in action HIA GreenSmart promotes the use of GreenSmart principles in the design and building of homes through: • more than 4000 accredited GreenSmart Professionals around the country who can help you to achieve an environmentally responsible home • annual HIA GreenSmart Awards -- Australia's original and longest running awards dedicated to recognising excellence in environmentally aware home design, construction and renovation. The awards have eight categories and are open to all HIA members • HIA GreenSmart accredited housing projects. These demonstrate the use of GreenSmart principles and include the GreenSmart display homes, villages, developments and estates. You can see the current GreenSmart accredited housing project, Crace, on page 52 with more listed on the GreenSmart website: www.greensmart.com.au • HIA GreenSmart partnership program. This program supports those companies that provide products or ser vices to the housing industry which can help to achieve GreenSmart principles • HIA GreenSmart 'Building Zone' at all HIA expos. The GreenSmart zone provides an opportunity for consumers and trade members to view some of the latest environmental products and construction systems • HIA GreenSmart website: www.greensmart.com.au. The site includes information on the GreenSmart initiative, resource sheets, GreenSmart Awards, accredited housing projects, events, regional news and GreenSmart professionals. For advice on building the GreenSmart way, look for the GreenSmart professional nearest you on the HIA Tradebuild website: www.tradebuild.com.au. gs GreenSmart is a way of building which is respectful of the environment and its inhabitants. what is GreenSmart? GreenSmart accredited homes are a showcase of environmentally sustainable housing design. These homes: • demonstrate improved energy, resource and water efficiency • enable homeowners to waste less and recycle more • create healthier homes for occupants • reduce the waste from the building process • improve site management during construction. The long-term benefits of designing and building or renovating a home to include GreenSmart principles can include lower energy and water bills, a warmer house in winter, a cooler house in summer, increased resource efficiency, a healthier home for the occupants and less waste going to landfill. what makes up a GreenSmart home? HIAGreenSmart greensmart 2010 5