New Allianz research1 shows 86% of surveyed Australian homeowners feel there are barriers stopping them from making sustainable and resilient home improvements.
So, what are these barriers?
- 60% of surveyed homeowners believe it will be too expensive.
- 31% of surveyed homeowners say it seems too complicated.
- 24% of surveyed homeowners with a renovation plan aren’t even considering making their home greener.
That’s why Allianz has partnered with the Green Building Council of Australia (GBCA) to create the Green Specs digital tool, built from a technical guide by the GBCA. As an online guide, Green Specs can help homeowners and renters make their blueprints green and their homes more sustainable.
You can help your customers overcome these barriers and future-proof their homes by introducing them to Green Specs. The guide is a digital floorplan of a typical house. Users can explore each room to see how various design changes affect energy efficiency, emissions, and the home’s resilience against extreme weather.
Users can also filter these various changes by cost, and the results are often surprising.
“It’s easy to think of sustainable renovations as complex and expensive,” explains architect Alexander Symes. “However, this doesn’t have to be the case. By thinking holistically and choosing more sustainable products and materials, homeowners and even renters can not only support the planet, but be more resilient to a changing climate and manage their overall household energy use, benefiting from cheaper bills, and healthier and less environmental impact products.”
“Having a tool that simplifies sustainable improvements available for Australian homes, from solar to insulation and even lightbulbs, Australian homeowners can be empowered to make greener decisions.”
If your customers are considering making home improvements, they may find Green Specs useful – for multiple reasons.
“Green Specs aims to bridge a knowledge gap for Australian homeowners,” explains Sema Whittle, Allianz’s General Manager of Corporate Governance and Sustainability. “It provides a wealth of information about everything from using sustainable building materials, choosing greener appliances, improving a home’s resilience to bushfire or flood, and more. We’re proud to partner with GBCA to bring Green Specs to life.”
An added bonus is that sustainable homes are often healthier and more cost-effective.
“What’s really interesting is that changes that are good for the planet, can also be good for your health and your back pocket. By making simple updates to your home, such as replacing gas appliances, installing solar panels, or implementing energy-saving measures like sealing gaps around doors and adding insulation, you not only create a healthier living space but also reduce emissions and save on energy bills,” says Davina Rooney, CEO of GBCA.
Share Green Specs to help your customers make their homes more sustainable, and ready for tomorrow.