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3 eco-friendly renovations for your home

By Kevin Kelly

In this age of climate-change, we all want to do our part to make our homes greener and more eco-friendly. Here are three ways to renovate your real estate in Bunbury that'll make Mother Nature smile.

Get a terrazzo countertop

Terrazzo is a material with many applications, such as floors or benchtops. It's made by casting aggregates like marble or granite into a solid slab of concrete. This technique gets the best strength and performance out of portland cement, according to Modern Terrazzo. Recent trends, however, have seen many swapping out the marble or granite chips for ones made of recycled glass.

Beyond its green credentials, the benefits of terrazzo are its incredible strength and its ease of cleaning. A hot pot can be put straight on it without any damage, and all that's needed to clean it is a quick spray and wipe.

Utilise materials with high thermal mass

This is one for those embarking on a more substantial rebuild. Thermal mass refers to the ability of a material to absorb and store heat energy. Things like concrete, tiles and bricks have a high thermal mass – they are able to store a lot of heat energy. Things like wood or other lightweight materials have a low thermal mass – they can't store much heat energy at all.

Your Home reports that utilising high thermal mass materials can help lessen the need for climate control and therefore lower your energy bill. You must be careful, though, to make sure you're using high thermal mass materials correctly. You want them to average out the day-night temperature, not intensify the heat of one and the cold of the other. Using thermal mass in conjunction with good passive design techniques is key.

Upgrade your windows

Windows can be a major source of unwanted heat gain in summer and significant heat loss in winter, according to the Australian Window Association. Your Home reports that windows are a portal through which up to 40 per cent of a building's heat can be lost and up to 87 per cent of its heat can be gained.

Glazed windows are a good way to manage this energy flow. As with thermal mass, your glazing plan should be thought about in the context of your local climate and with passive design in mind. Which windows get the most sun? Which are in the shade? Questions like this can help you better decide what kind of frames and glazed panes you'll need for each window.

If you're looking for real estate in Bunbury to renovate, get in touch today – the team at Ray White can answer all your questions.

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