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Setting energy efficient examples on TV

21st Jun 2013

A reality television show has made a good impression with its use of energy efficiency and solar power technology.

The home renovation series The Block has been hugely popular around the nation, and its latest season has concentrated on sustainable practices. Homes had to meet the standard of a green rating, which are standards far higher than the minimum in the Building Code of Australia.

Victoria's minister for planning Matthew Guy toured one of the 8 star rated buildings, joined by local mayor Amanda Stevens from Port Phillip Council.

Features of the building include toilets flushed from rainwater tanks, solar hot water, an external skin to reduce heat gain and loss, recycled building materials and low VOC paints.

Mr Guy stated the value of sustainable design and building, and that the Block has set a great example.

"What it shows us is that sustainable design is achievable in medium to high-density areas with multiple dwellings," he said.

Even more sustainable features include low energy use lights including timers and dimmers, four and five star rated bathroom fittings, natural air-use and cross ventilation, and flooring of 100 per cent renewable resource carpet.

"By incorporating some simple measures into the house design, homeowners can save money on energy, water and ongoing maintenance or repair bills. This is a great example that shows through integrated design and innovative use of sustainable materials and equipment, a high level of sustainability can be achieved while delivering cost savings," said Mr Guy.

Popular reality television shows embracing sustainability like this sets a great example to the general public and shows that it's possible for every household to play their part.

Maybe it will even convince a few more Australians to invest in solar panels.

Posted by Mike Peacock

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