If you’re a Queenslander, you know all too well the weather challenges that our state provides,such as floods and occasional cyclones. House Raising is a great solition to lift your house up to a higher elevation in order to protect it from flooding, however, have you considered some additional ideas to ensure your next project is sustainable for years to come.
When it comes time to elevate your home, you may want to incorporate some green infrastructure like rain gardens and green roofs into the design of your raised house, so you can not only protect your home, but also improve the Aussie environment.
Rain gardens, for example, are landscaped areas that capture and filter rainwater, preventing it from overwhelming stormwater systems and causing flooding. Green roofs, on the other hand, are like regular roofs, but with a layer of vegetation on top. They not only provide insulation and reduce heat island effects, but they also absorb rainwater which can reduce the burden on stormwater systems.
Think of sutainability as not about just protecting your own home, but also protecting the wider Brisbane and QLD community. By implementing these sustainable design features, you’re not only doing your part to protect your home, but you’re also helping to mitigate stormwater runoff, improve air and water quality, and create a more livable community for everyone.
And let’s not forget, incorporating green infrastructure into the design of a raised house can also make it look pretty cutting edge. Imagine having a lush green roof or a beautiful rain garden as your backyard. These types of designs and features are becoming more common across the world and in time, will become much more common here in Brisbane.
So, if you’re a Queenslander looking to protect your home from the elements, don’t just raise the roof, raise the bar on sustainability too. Your home, your community, and the environment will thank you.
Resilient Homes Fund & House Raising