Better Build Toolkit

The Better Build Toolkit is a series of four Guides to promote appropriate development in Indigo:

  1. residential build  - Better Build Toolkit - Home Renovation Guide
  2. home renovation - Better Build Toolkit - New Home Guide
  3. commercial development - Better Build Toolkit - Commercial & Community Guide
  4. subdivision - under development

Each Guide encourages innovation and excellence above existing industry standards when developing our communities. The concept for the toolkit was identified as a priority in Indigo Shire Council’s Environment Strategy (2009).

The Guides focus on how enhanced comfort levels and reduced running costs can be achieved
through better building choices, while caring for the health and wellbeing of the occupants and the environment.  There are a number of trends making improved design and development more attractive. These include:

  • increases in energy and water prices
  • a growing desire to reduce our environmental footprint
  • incentives such as grants, rebates and renewable energy targets
  • products such as water tanks, photovoltaic (PV) cells, solar hot water and double glazing being more readily available and affordable.

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Above: Council's Environmental Project Officer Helen Jones

 

Three of the four Guides in the toolkit are complete and are available for download below,. They are also available in electronic or hardcopy form from the Indigo Shire Council offices.  The remaining guides are expected to be completed by June 2013.  For further information please contact Environmental Projects Officer, Helen Jones on 02 6028 1100.

Click on the link below to download the three completed Guides in the Better Build Toolkit

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Above: Authors Helen Jones, Linda Huzzey, Mathew Charles-Jones, Barney Foran, Charlie Robinson and Cr Ali Pockley.

  1. residential build  - Better Build Toolkit - Home Renovation Guide
  2. home renovation - Better Build Toolkit - New Home Guide
  3. commercial development - Better Build Toolkit - Commercial & Community Guide
  4. subdivision - under development

 

Last updated: 21 January 2013