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Craig Johnson Expert View: The Rise of the ‘Green Home’

Posted on August 10, 2018

Again, you must forgive me as it has been a hot minute (or two) between blogs, but it is for good reason.

We’ve had a big couple of months, most notably marked by our expansion to a purpose-built new HQ in Dandenong South due to Ecostar’s continued and consistent growth. To think it was only seven years ago that we were operating out of a humble little industrial unit in Thomastown. (That really does make me start to feel old!)

Our relocation has allowed me to reflect on the business, and it has made not only me, but all the team, damn proud about how much Ecostar has, and continues to, resonate with the people of Melbourne.

We know that you love that Ecostar double glazing demonstrably improves the thermo efficiency of your homes, but here’s a little fact you might not know… Our uPVC frames are made from post-consumer waste and can be recycled up to 10 times every 40 years, so Ecostar frames have a usable life of 400 years.

To be providing a service and product that improves Melbourne homes’ sustainability, and helps lower the cost of your electricity, certainly puts a smile on this (whinging) Englishman’s face!

Craig Johnson Expert View: The Rise of the ‘Green Home’

So here we are, a happy blog! (Finally! I bet you thought it was never coming!) And one that has been inspired by a recent article I read in the Herald Sun about the huge demand for Australian homes that save on power bills, and that are plant friendly.

In 2014 Michael Burns and Simon Clark founded Sustainable Homes Melbourne, which focuses on building ‘green homes’.

Their business idea was spurred on by a previous trip to the UK and Canada, which made them realise just how far behind Australia was when it came to ethically conscious building (something I noticed too when I moved here many moons ago).

It makes me so happy to see that builders are now starting to think about the environmental impact their work has, and how that in turn creates a positive domino effect in educating homeowners about how they can minimise their carbon footprint.

Michael and Simon mention the use of double glazing and uPVC framed windows as being great options for making a house ‘green’ and they suggest other ideas for improving a home’s sustainability, like using recycled materials and a Redwater diverter (a device that diverts the initial run of cold water from a hot water tap, to a storage tank).

I really do hope this is the start of big change in focus in the construction industry. Bring it on!