Star rating is above and beyond

A personalcommitment to a carbon-conscious future has led to a townhouse development in Yackandandahachieving a 7.9 star house energy rating.
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Hotondo Homes’ Jim and Julie Carroll say their dedication to providing sustainable homesfor buyers has never been stronger and is demonstrated by their latest achievement.

The new homes each boast an impressive 7.9 star house energy rating, well above the industry’s standard six star rating.

For Jim and Julie though, it was all about creating high performing, sustainable living that is affordable to home buyers.

“Passive design is a vital part of building a home that people often forget about,”said Jim.

“It is really important that we create homes which are comfortable to live in and can save home buyers thousands of dollars in bills.”

From Hotondo Homes’ early beginnings, energy efficiency was an important factor to Managing Director Michael Renwick.

His passion stems back to 1994 when he worked in conjunction with the Australian Conservation Foundation to build ‘Australia’s First Green Home’.

“I’ve always believed we have a responsibility to our clients and the greater community to design and develop sustainable homes,” said Michael.

“It gives me great pride to see members of the Hotondo Homes franchise continuing to move forward in developing energy efficient homes.”

Key features of the townhouses include ventilated and double insulated roof space, solar hot water, eaves, LED lighting, water tanks, thermal insulation and most importantly, celestial highlight windows, which offer exceptional ventilation and insulation.

The home was also created using passive design principles, including the orientation that allows the sun to naturally heat the home in winter and cool it in summer, and the slab, which acts as another insulator.

All of these principles need to work together cohesively in order to have a home that willgenerate energy savings and provide a comfortable environment to live in.

With trends continuing to shift towards a carbon-conscious society, Jim believes his clients are noticing the benefits of energy efficiency.

“Our clients who have built a more energy efficient home are more likely to stay in the property for longer rather than moving on to another home,” said Jim.

Hotondo Home’s 7.9 star energy rated home features passive design principles, including the orientation that allows the sun to naturally heat the home in winter and cool it in summer, and the slab, which acts as another insulator.

“We work closely with every client to make the most of their land and home design.”

For more on building a greener home, visit Jim and Julie Carroll at Hotondo Homes,327 Wagga Road, Lavington, NSW.

They can becontacted on 02 6043 1925.

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