INTRODUCTION

If you look up the definition of sustainable it means that which can be sustained or supported. In terms of environmental science, this translates into that which can be supported by the planet - in other words actions which are not harmful to the environment and do not result in the depletion of natural resources.

When we talk about sustainable building, therefore, we are talking about building in such a way as to conserve natural resources and avoid degradation of the environment.

Often companies tell you that their system or product is environmentally-friendly. But how do you know if their product will actually make a real difference to the sustainability of your home? And is it cost-effective?

That’s where we can help by giving you the benefit of our practical industry experience in this research paper which is supported by the latest, reputable sustainability studies. That way you’ll be able to make an informed decision about which products and techniques are going to work best for your situation and budget.

The more you drill down into what building a sustainable home really means, the more you realise that it doesn’t need to entail a lot of additional cost. Some of the most powerful ways of making your home energy-efficient and lessening its environmental impact are achieved via careful thought at the design stage rather than shelling out on fancy products.

In this research paper, we look at the most important elements to consider when building a sustainable home and evaluate their effectiveness compared to the costs involved.