Sustainable renovations

Maximise the value of your renovations, and make your home more energy-efficient and comfortable

Tradie renovating installing insulation

When you’re renovating, you have a rare opportunity to include some simple features that will make a big difference to how costly it is to run your home and how comfortable it will be.

By making energy-efficient upgrades as part of your home renovations, you’ll end up with a more cost-effective, more comfortable, efficient, valuable and sustainable home.

We can review your renovation plans and step in to contribute at any stage. However getting us involved at the earliest possible stage will give you the best advantage and opportunities to discuss, consider, plan and implement our recommendations.

What difference will sustainable renovations make to my home?

Sustainable renovations can make a huge difference to your home. We can measure exactly how much of a difference by providing an energy-efficiency assessment before and after your renovations and comparing your home’s Scorecard star ratings.

See our renovation case studies

This example shows just how much of a difference sustainable renovations can make. When Green Moves Director, Danielle King, completed her home renovations in 2017, her home started off with a 1 Star energy-efficiency rating. After renovations, her home’s energy-efficiency rating was 7 stars.

Read the case study

Renovating sustainably can help you cut heating costs, even if you’re only renovating just one area of a home. Take a look at this case study of a family room renovation of a three-bedroom home in Melbourne. You’ll see what renovations they did and just how much they saved on their gas and electricity bills.

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Read this case study which documents a retrofit renovation of a three-bedroom home in Queensland. The results are an environmentally friendly, comfortable home that’s a lot more cost-efficient to run.

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How we help you make your renovations sustainable

  1. We’ll first meet with you and discuss your goals with you
  2. We review your home as it currently is
  3. Review your renovation plans (if they’re available)
  4. We analyse your goals and research appropriate solutions
  5. We prepare a draft of your final report with recommendations

Want to quantify the benefits of the changes?

You can also choose to add a before and after Energy Efficiency Assessment (Scorecard Assessment)

  • This identifies the difference the changes would make to your home. We add in the proposed changes and work out what realistically can be done to get you the best Scorecard rating
  • We then work through the potential upgrades with you so we only include those features that you want and that are practical
  • At the end of the assessment, we review the findings with you. You’ll get a report on the recommended changes and what Scorecard rating is possible on your home. You’ll also get the before and after Scorecard star ratings so you can see the difference the changes will make. 
  • When the home is completed, we can also come onsite, review the changes and upgrade your energy efficiency Scorecard rating

How you’ll benefit from making your renovations sustainable

Renovations can be a stressful process. Getting guidance from us means you’ll have the chance to consider every aspect of your renovations and make informed decisions based on our recommendations and discussions.

You’ll know what features will offer the best value and what to include in your renovations to improve comfort and reduce the running costs of your home. You can also use us as a sounding board for any of those many queries that come up during the process. We’re always happy to answer questions.

You’ll also get a report with prioritised recommendations so you have something to refer to as the renovation progresses. If you choose a Scorecard rating baseline, you will also get a before and potential after rating for the home.

Best of all, you’ll maximise the opportunities a renovation provides to upgrade the home, including energy-efficiency features that could also help when you come to resell in the future.

How much it will cost you

A standard consultation and feedback report on renovation plans is generally approximately $690. For an additional fee, you can choose to add a before and after energy efficiency assessment (Scorecard).

We also offer a 10% seniors discount.

Why choose Green Moves

Since 2009, our knowledgeable team have been helping people build and live in more comfortable and sustainable homes. We have more than 15 years of experience with fully qualified and accredited assessors on our team.

You’ll find a full range of sustainable home solutions from our list of services. From basic guidance to fully tailored solutions, we’ll work with you to make sure you get the best advice and service.

We don’t take any fees or commissions from providers so you can trust that all the advice and recommendations you receive are completely independent. We pride ourselves on our easy-to-understand reports and practical advice that is also financially viable.

You’ll love how easy it is to deal with us. We believe in being honest and open, and always strive to communicate clearly with you. You’ll always find our friendly team approachable and helpful.

Choose to work with us to make your home more sustainable. You’ll not only be helping the environment but you’ll also save money on utility bills, create a more comfortable living space and increase the market value of your home.

Find out what people we’ve worked with say about us

We had the pleasure of working with Green Moves on a major home renovation in Melbourne. Their expertise in sustainability and energy-efficient solutions was absolutely vital to ensuring that no opportunity to improve the future comfort and energy efficiency of the home was overlooked. The team has deep technical knowledge and experience, are very practical and advice is based on an honest and realistic assessment of costs and benefits. We enjoyed working with the Green Moves team and were very impressed with the value added and the beautiful, efficient and comfortable home we achieved together. 

We highly recommend the Green Moves team.

Sue D

Gaia Construction Pty Ltd

Danielle responded promptly to our call for help when we suddenly needed a complete and independent review of the plans for our home makeover. 

We received a thorough and comprehensive report “scoring” our proposal and detailing ways to achieve improved outcomes during design and construction.

John Toohey

Clifton Hill

I had plans drawn up to renovate 2 small homes that were semi-detached in Barkley St, Elwood. After meeting Danie at the MBA Expo in July I asked her to review the plans with an eye on energy efficiency and sustainability to ensure we made the homes as efficient as possible. She visited the development site and returned to our home and reviewed the plans with us. She easily read the plans, understood the details, identified north orientation and symbols and was able to identify some key issues that will be easy to resolve before building starts. Danie also identified potential issues for the up coming energy rating and advised on items involved with Section J (specifically insulation) of the building code and the new energy restrictions for lighting.

We were very happy with the advice and guidance given and would recommend Green Moves to anyone who is considering building or renovating to create a sustainable home.

Gail S

Elwood, VIC

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