When you’re sitting down with custom home builders in Adelaide to talk about your future new home, aspects such as size, number of bedrooms, quality of furnishings and costs are likely to be high on the agenda.

One thing you should also consider, however, is the environmental aspects.

While eco-friendly construction can add to the cost of your home initially, there are many benefits for including sustainable options in your Adelaide custom home build.


Laura onsite with Denis

For starters, over time you can save money with many of these products due to reduced energy costs. In fact, in many cases, you will recoup the initial outlay.

In addition, by making your home more sustainable it will be more comfortable to live in. Plus, you’ll be doing your bit to protect the environment.

So let’s take a look at some of the eco-friendly options you should look at when sitting down with custom home builders in Adelaide:

Solar Panels

Solar panels are perhaps the best example of a eco-friendly option that is guaranteed to pay for itself.

Domain estimates that it’s possible to pay off the cost of solar panels within six to ten years. Within 25 years you could pocket nearly $100,000 in today’s terms!

Even better news, they suggest that Adelaide residents are likely to benefit more than the other three major cities in Australia from solar panels.

The reality is, the contestants like some builders often don’t know what they are doing so they find themselves in financial trouble.

When a builder goes under there is a flow-on effect, not only does the homeowner suffer because their build comes to a halt, it then effects so many people, the trades, suppliers and their families as well

For most people, their home is the largest and most important investment they will ever make and they don’t want to make a mistake doing it.

Double Glazing

Before you sign on the dotted line with a custom home builder in Adelaide, consider adding double glazing to your new home.

According to Environment SA, your home can lose up to 40 per cent of its heat through windows in the cold weather and gain up to 87 per cent of heat in hot weather.

Having double glazing can significantly reduce this heat loss and gain, and help to reduce power bills and make your home more comfortable.


If you’re building a new home in Adelaide, insulation isn’t just an option, it’s a requirement in South Australia. And for good reason.

Insulating your roofs and walls, as well as draught-proofing, can reduce your heating and cooling bills by up to 40 per cent.

Make sure you discuss with custom home builders in Adelaide their standard insulation inclusions and consider beefing up the insulation level if necessary.

Hebel Blocks

You may have never heard of Hebel panelling but we guarantee you would have seen it as it’s a very popular product in new homes.

Hebel is aerated concrete that is strong, lightweight, energy-efficient and eco-friendly.

Hebel has excellent insulation properties and can help make your new Adelaide home more comfortable and cheaper to heat and cool.

Save water

Other eco-friendly products you should consider for your new custom home build in Adelaide include greywater recycling and rainwater tanks.

As well as assisting to conserve water, these products can help grow and maintain your garden during Adelaide’s hot summers.

Check with your Adelaide custom home builder

Not all custom home builders in Adelaide will be able to offer a wide range of eco-friendly products, but Selah Homes certainly does.

So, if eco-friendly construction and sustainable living is important to you, consider Selah Homes.

Contact Selah Homes today to discuss your needs.