Best Building Materials for Energy-efficient Home

When building a home, may it be a primary residence, secondary residence or granny flat, we must know the materials that we are going to use.

We aim to help and guide you about what we think are the best building materials to use if you want to achieve an energy-efficient home. Here you will see some of the building materials and why we suggest for you to use them.

First off, let’s define the energy-efficient home. Energy-efficient homes lessen energy consumption, greenhouse gas radiations and need for very little maintenance. Why would you want an energy-efficient home? If you are looking for a long term solution to having a healthier living situation, save some cash by saving energy and if you want to increase the resale value of your house, then energy-efficient home is one of the best solutions for you.


The most common and effective strategy of some builders in making sure they deliver an energy-efficient home to their clients begins from planning the framing. You may choose to embrace the same approach with your DIY home improvement projects.

Framing is the fitting together of portions of a house to give it a structure, form, and support. Framing includes the walls, windows, and doors. Here are some of the framing materials that can help you achieve your goal.

Acoustic Batts

Acoustic Batts are for soundproofing of your home. It is used in 3 different areas within the home – ceilings, walls and between floors. Acoustic Insulation Batts Grade R4 is one of the high performing soundproof options because it can deliver a higher level of soundproofing that will make you enjoy the comfort of your home. It reduces noise like rain, road noises, playground noise, etc. It also offers a much higher density than the standard thermal insulation batts.

Sisalation Paper 

Sisalation paper is a high-quality reflective foil insulation or in simple terms a wall wrap insulation. It has two important purposes that are cost-effective. Firstly, it guards the interior of your home from wind, heat, cold, moisture, dust and other factors that could ruin your walls over time. Secondly, it insulates your home by stopping heat transfer radiation or air leak in the roof area.

uPVC Frames

uPVC is a material used for windows and door frames to achieve the highest level of thermal comfort in homes and commercial spaces. It is extremely durable, energy-efficient, cost-effective and long-lasting.

Did you know that “u” in uPVC refers to “unplasticized”? This means that it is not made of plastic. uPVC is perfect for your safety, your children’s and the entire family’s because it does not have toxic additives that could evaporate into the air as time goes by.

Also, uPVC is non-porous, thus it can survive even on heavy rains. According to research, uPVC windows can last up to 30 or 40 years depending on quality.

uPVC is more expensive than regular material but it will provide you with a more energy-efficient home as it keeps excessive heat or cold out of your home.

Thermal Windows

Thermal windows have energy-efficient features. One major feature is that it can prevent heat from outside to enter the house and it controls the heat inside the house during winter.

In conclusion, the key to having an energy-efficient home lies in the materials that are going to be used to build one. What is the point of inexpensive materials if it will make you spend more in the long run? You are building a home for your security and for your future, why not invest in materials that will last longer and will make you save over long periods of time.

If you have any questions feel free to contact us on 1300 The Pod (1300 743 863) or visit www.thepodcanberra.com.au for more information.