Small homes

Why choose a small home

Sustainable building practices are one of the most important and often overlooked aspects of sustainability. The United Nations Environment Programme have estimated that buildings are responsible for as much as one third of total greenhouse emissions globally. Although there have been some top-down approaches from policy makers to address this, there is always more that can be done. A small, comfortable, energy efficient home built with eco-friendly techniques is a simple way to reduce your environmental impact immediately and reduce your energy and water use over the long term. Continue reading

Tiny House

Valley Workshop's flat-pack homes are a great Tasmanian example of a small home with minimal environmental impact. Tiny House, as they call their design, is made with plantation eucalyptus timber from Smithton and structurally insulated panels filled with recycled bottles. By buying plywood from Smithton and turning the raw material into a high thermally efficient structure they have created a sustainable market for sustainably harvested plantation timbers. The essence of the Tiny House is to keep the carbon footprint low for the life cycle of the building and keep costs at a minimum. Continue reading