How can I design an environmentally friendly shed? [Video]

How can I design an environmentally friendly shed?

Did you know that in the last five years, 16.9 metric ton​nes of carbon emissions were released per person in Australia? The World Bank reported on this data recently, and it draws attention to the importance of making an effort to live greener and more sustainably. 

If you’re planning to build a custom designed shed for your home or business, there are a range of things you can do during your planning stages to help it be more energy efficient. Here are some ideas. 

1) Add whirlybirds to sheds built in hot regions of the country. These are installed in the roof and can cool down the interior, saving on air conditioning energy and bills. 

2) Use large skylights for commercial sheds that are mostly used in daytime hours, such as for workshops or warehouses. This can cancel out the need to add lighting. 

3) Barns in rural areas can install rainwater collectors to their sheds, and link these up with troughs so farm animals can drink clean water without wasting precious rainwater. 

Taking these steps as a homeowner can mean cheaper power bills due to the energy savings, while a business can gain the same financial benefits as well as brand perks of being seen by customers as an environmentally conscious enterprise. 

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