Confessions of a home builder

Confessions of a home builder
During this time in your life, it's likely you'll want to spare expenses as much as you can. This is where construction and home building loans can help while you build your home.

Conservative estimates of Australia's future population could mean good things for home builders like me.

Recent projections show Australia's population will hit 26 million by 2020 and 29 million by 2030, according to the Housing Industry Association (HIA). This means the building rate needs to be "considerably higher" than of the past two decades, according to HIA economist Geordan Murray. Murray notes that this anticipated demand for housing is an issue that is "urgent and ever-present".

The rules

To ensure you get the best home possible, there are quite a few laws and building codes I have to abide by.

There are rules at the federal and state levels, as well as locally-applicable council rules.

In 2011, we got a new National Construction Code. This brought together various technical codes, with changes surrounding building classifications and timber framing requirements.

The initial aim was to incorporate building and plumbing standards - we have to work with a lot of tradies - and later bring in other on-site construction regulation, such as telecommunications and electrical installations.

Energy efficiency provisions

A great part of my line of work is the way I can make a difference to the environment.

Building a home requires significant resources, but new provisions in part two of the National Construction Code aim to reduce greenhouse gas emissions.

The house's performance is measured by special software, or a Deemed to Satisfy (DtS) report.

There are many things taken into account - external glazing, building materials, effects of air movement and the building's sealing. That's not to mention the consideration of artificial lighting, insulation, hot water supply and the heating of space, swimming pools and spas.

These are just some of the rules I have to follow when I'm constructing a new home, but it's great to know that I can mitigate the environmental impact when building your humble abode.

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