Reduce Energy And Maintenance Costs With New Home Builders

These days, it seems that everyone is trying to lower the costs of powering and maintaining their homes – the rising costs of utilities and the introduction of the carbon tax have sent many people into a money saving frenzy. If you are looking to build your own home, there are actually a number of ways that new home builders can help you to reduce the energy and maintenance costs of your property, providing that you find one who knows what they’re doing.

When you first meet with the builder whom you have picked to construct your home, make sure that you express to them early on in the process that you are looking for ways to reduce your energy and maintenance costs. This will ensure that the builder keeps this aim in mind, right from the depths of the planning stages all the way through to the completion of the house.

Construction and Ducts – If your new home builder has ensured that all holes and cracks have been sealed (especially in your heating and cooling systems), then you will reduce the changes of drafts, moisture, dust, pollen and noise pollution from occurring. This is also highly effective in improving the quality of your home’s air.

Insulation – If your home has had insulation properly installed in its floors, walls and attic space, you will find this to be a very cost effective option. Because the insulation will encourage an even temperature throughout the house, it will lessen the need for air conditioners and heaters to be turned up.

Products and Fixtures – If your builder has invested in and recommended products and fixtures that are energy star rated (such as compact fluorescent light globes, lighting fixtures, fans, appliances, and so on) you can greatly reduce the amount of money you are spending on electricity for your home.

Windows – If your home has been fitted with energy efficient windows, you will find that they help to keep heat in during winter and out during summer. This is because they are fitted with two or more panes of glass and have been specially coated to prevent heat transfer. Again, this helps to lessen the need for air conditioning and heating.
If you have been thinking about ways that you can reduce your energy and maintenance costs, you should be thinking about contacting your new home builder and seeing how they can help. As you can see from the above list, there are a number of ways that they are able to not only reduce the energy consumption of your home, they will also be able to lower the need for maintenance well into the future.

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Constructing and Maintaining Good Relationships

I’ve been watching as the monument of a house at the end of Foreshore Road is being built. This owner/builder has been methodical and meticulous with every stage it seems, from the careful laying of foundations to the management and checking of sub-contractors’ work. Everything looks promising.

Relationship building is no different.

Not only do relationships need to be built from the ground up, like the house, they need maintaining once the construction phase is complete. Maintenance can even seem like harder work. This is probably because we don’t get as much visual feedback for our investment of effort. Yet, to keep things on track and viable we do need to invest.


At every stage of construction, and throughout the life of the house, the house will require inspection-to check for anomalies, the condition of things, wear and tear etc. Part of the process is about observing how things are going (or wearing out) over time.

We are loath to forget our relationships either. Instead of inspections, however, we’re managing expectations all the time; using feedback as a gauge for the condition of things. We’re constantly checking the foundations of trust, ensuring we are always doing enough to engender trust via respect for the other party. These two pillars-trust and respect-are the bricks and mortar of our relational constructions.

When we see two people chatting at a work get-together-two people who need each other in their work-how readily don’t we see the large safety sign: CONSTRUCTION SITE – KEEP OUT! We must respect boundaries. We must not impede the rapport.

Construction projects are fun and we should enjoy every stage of them. Constructing rapport is the business of humanity. What are you constructing today? How do you plan to construct? What checks will you have in place? What feedback will you be seeking?

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