BEDROOM, LIVING ROOM AND DINING ROOM GREEN RENOVATIONS
Indoor Air Quality
Reducing the Environmental Impact
A site inspection helps us understand the existing condition of your home. We can now problem solve and incorporate prevention strategies into the design plan. It will also help us integrate green features into the home. This helps ensure a renovation that is as hassle free as possible.
What pre-existing conditions should we consider during the site inspection?
Identify problems that will need to be corrected before even starting the renovation. Signs for recent and past movement in the structure include diagonal cracks around windows and doorways, cracked tiles and bowed floors.
External Walls, Roofs and Ceilings
Windows and doors in the older homes need to sealed as these are usually non-existent in older homes. Stop these air leakages and the room will be more comfortable.
Check for moisture damage to the underside of the roof. If possible, change your tiled roof to Colourbond, add extra insulation under it.
Indoor Air Quality
house ventilation system.
Asbestos and Lead
Asbestos was used in fences, eaves, internal wall sheeting’s, backing for tiles in bathrooms, ceilings and sometimes also as underlay for carpets.
For both Asbestos and Lead removal hire experts or at the very least wear protective clothing and the safety requirements applicable by law.
Heating and Cooling
Is the room too hot in the summer? Corrective measures usually improve comfort during summer months.
Considering and Options for Green Features
Even if there is some insulation in the walls and ceiling space, we can use the renovation as an opportunity to upgrade it with higher performing insulation. If your walls are in good condition we can always blow in the insulation.
Depending on the type of walls in your home and their condition, we can add extra framing over them and install rigid insulation or tear down the wall or ceiling and rebuild new with higher levels of insulation and airtightness.
Closed cell spray foam insulation is another option that we can use. This provides us with both an air barrier and insulating properties. If installed properly, it will fill the cavity completely and stick to the structure creating an air tight assembly.
Replace older windows with low-E glazing windows. Seal the gaps between the walls and the windows and doors properly so it can be air tight and no air is escaping. Use curtains and pelmets as window coverings to protect the room from excessive solar gain.
Always consider transportation costs. Use locally sourced materials as much as possible. If you prefer softer flooring then consider carpets and rugs as they can be recycled at the end of their lifecycle.
Paints, Finishes and Sealants
Choose finishes that are marked as low VOC. These include water-based urethane coatings, Low VOC paints, low emission cement, plant based or mineral based paints. We can even use natural clay and lime plaster for people who extremely sensitive to emissions.
Check our guide on natural low VOC finishes here.
Cabinetry and Shelving
We can get formaldehyde-free MDF sheets, exterior grade plywood and other options to minimize off-gassing.
Air Circulation and Ventilation
Adding ceiling fans to the rooms makes a huge difference. Choose reversable ceiling fans that can be reversed during winter times.
Lighting and Electrical