Sustainable home designs are now available for free online as the government encourages prospective home builders to go green.
The initiative, Design for Place, offers three individual floor plans for a single-storey home, which vary according to the site size and target a seven-star energy rating.
Parliamentary secretary for industry and science Karen Andrews said the material was a great resource for anyone planning a new home.
Architect-designed home plans are available to the public at no cost.
“The plans use sustainable design principles that will help people save energy and money, no matter where they live in Australia,” she said.
A Department of Industry and Science spokesman said those who used the plans as a concept and took them to their own architect to adapt would save at least $10,000: the average cost of the first concept and basic drawings.
Ms Andrews said in addition to savings in the design process, the ongoing cost of running a household would be minimised.
“By building in elements like natural lighting, cross-flow ventilation and passive heating and cooling opportunities from the outset, home owners can save on ongoing energy costs for years to come,” she said.
Read more about this initiative in the original article here.