Sustainable Design


SJM Carpentry & Building is committed to sustainable design and will not cut corners when it comes to a building's insulation and orientation. At the 2010 HIA-CSR Housing Awards, SJM won a Greensmart Energy Efficiency commendation for a new home in Clare. Designed by GP Architects, the two-bedroom home features energy-efficient windows, a solar hot water system and grid-connected solar power.


Award winner: SJM constructed this energy-efficient Clare home  Inside the energy-efficient Clare home


Northern Orientation

A building’s orientation should ensure that indoor and outdoor living areas face north, so natural solar heating through windows and glazed doors is maximised in the cooler months and the negative aspects of heat are minimised during summer.



Insulation acts as a barrier to heat flow and is essential to keep your home warm in winter and cool in summer. A well-insulated home provides year-round comfort, cutting cooling and heating bills by up to half and also reducing greenhouse gas emissions. SJM works with the following insulation providers and products: AGI Insulation, AIR-CELL and Protherm Insulation Insulators.


We endorse the following energy-efficient solutions, which reduce your energy costs and greenhouse gas emissions:


ComfortPlus Glazing

The ComfortPlus range of laminated glass is designed to manage the heat of summer and the cold of winter. It includes a solar control component that reduces glare, heat from the sun and UV fading of interior furnishings. In winter, the ComfortPlus coating provides thermal insulation, reducing heat loss by more than 30 per cent compared to standard glass. This range also offers high levels of transparency, compared with the heavy tinting and mirror-like coatings on other products. Double glazing is also available. With all the benefits of the Comfort Plus range, double glazing helps to reduce noise and complies with bush fire requirements.


Aerobic Waste Water Systems

Recycle and reuse water from your home or commercial property. For information about waste water treatment, visit RI-Industries.


Solar Hot Water

Use the power of the sun to heat the water used in your home. SJM works with the following solar hot water solutions: Rheem, Edwards and Hills Solar.


SJM Carpentry & Building is an award-winning Clare builder specialising in new home construction and renovations throughout the Mid North of South Australia. (08) 8842 1639

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Australian Housing Industry award-winning builder in 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2012 and 2015. More news and award information 


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