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Media Release
Federal Minister for the Environment Robert Hill
Federal Minister for Industry, Science and Resources Nick Minchin
Federal Minister for Regional Services, Territories and Local Government Ian Macdonald

Under embargo till 8pm Thursday 30 August 2001

30 August 2001

GREEN AND CLEVER - YOUR HOME IN THE 21ST CENTURY


Greener housing is on the way, thanks to a new whole-of-government initiative giving building professionals and the public access to a comprehensive package of home design materials.

Whether designing, building or renovating a home the Your Home package shows how to create a home that is comfortable, stylish and better for the environment. Developed in conjunction with the building industry Your Home is a practical and informative package.

Your Home demonstrates how the latest environmental solutions are being applied to conventional housing, leading to huge savings for home owners and the environment.

Launching the Your Home project at the Housing Industry Association Greensmart Awards in Sydney, Federal Environment Minister Robert Hill said Your Home was all about changing attitudes to Australian housing.

"The best homes are those that are great to live in, very affordable and better for the environment," Senator Hill said.

The Your Home package includes a 32 page, easy-to-use guide for consumers and a 300 page technical manual for building industry professionals. The consumer guide is free and also includes a CD-ROM of practical case studies and "how to" guides for home owners.

"The case studies illustrate a range of real solutions to common challenges faced by people wanting to design, build or buy a more sustainable home. The complete range of Your Home materials will also be available on the Internet to increase access to the information," Senator Hill added.

"Australians have demonstrated a huge desire for more sustainable housing and Your Home is giving them a much better choice of new home and renovation options.

"Australian buildings are responsible for more than one quarter of all energy-related greenhouse gas emissions. The Commonwealth Government is committed to working with the building industry to establish new environmental standards for all Australian buildings," Senator Hill said.

"Your Home is one of a range of Commonwealth initiatives improving the environmental performance of our buildings and cutting Australia's greenhouse gas emissions."

The Commonwealth Government has developed the Your Home materials in collaboration with peak building industry and corporate partners.

The Minister for Industry, Science and Resources, Senator Nick Minchin, said the great benefit of Your Home was that it is a fantastic resource for all building professionals.

"Your Home has been developed in partnership with the building industry and I commend the industry for its vision and commitment to this project," Senator Minchin said.

"This manual will be an invaluable tool for builders and designers meeting the growing consumer demand for environmentally sustainable homes, and will assist practitioners meet the mandatory energy performance requirements being introduced into the Building Code of Australia next year".

Minister for Regional Services, Territories and Local Government, Senator Ian Macdonald said that Australian councils were very aware of the need for improved environmental performance for our homes and often lead the way in implementing best practice standards.

"Local Government plays a key role in making our homes more sustainable and this range of products has been specifically written with Local Government in mind," Senator Macdonald said.

"Every council in Australia will be provided with a copy of Your Home and it will be an invaluable reference tool for all Local Governments as we move into a new and more sustainable age in housing".

To get the Your Home guide contact the Australian Greenhouse Office infoline on 1300 130 606 or visit the website at www.yourhome.gov.au.

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Thursday, 30 August 2001

Contacts:
Belinda Huppatz (Senator Hill's Office) 0419 258 364
David Moore (Senator Macdonald's Office) 0417 774 702
Jennifer Eddy (Senator Minchin's Office) 0419 432 664

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