I'm Elizabeth Wheeler and I'm Future Focused. I select, shop for, and advise people about building products that don't cost the earth.
I can help you build or renovate in a way that responds to our changing climate – and your changing needs – without stress and hours of research.
Together we can focus on ....
a better future
My clients are people who want to see a better world. They want today's children to grow up in a safer climate, with access to fresh water and clean soil. They want tradies and other workers to have safe working conditions. They don’t want to support repressive governments or companies that have poor human rights records. They value community and reciprocity.
When these people build or renovate their home, they want it to reflect their values. What they often lack is the time, headspace or capacity to achieve this.
Our changing climate
Climate change is the product of human systems that have valued profit over everything else. We need action at all levels – from global to domestic – to make significant cuts in emissions of greenhouse gases.
Building or renovating a home provides a great opportunity to contribute to cutting greenhouse gas emissions by minimising domestic heating and cooling loads and the need for artificial light. But poor choices of new materials and fittings can mean that the benefits of these savings are frittered away. To achieve an environmentally responsible home, we need to look beyond energy and water ratings, to consider embodied energy, waste reduction, the size of our dwellings, the materials and products we use, and how we live.
Your changing needs
When designing or fitting out a new home or renovation, it’s often hard to think beyond what you need right now. But what if your needs change? What about other people who might dwell there in the future? Many of us plan for when children grow up; but what about planning to accommodate a wheelchair, or to take into account arthritic hands or vision impairment? Factoring change into design, product selection and construction might mean that your house really can be a home for life.
building a home that reflects all these ... and more
For many people, taking into account changing needs, a changing climate and building a better future can make for a long to-do list.
Researching and evaluating products is time consuming, sometimes dispiriting, and certainly not everyone’s cuppa tea. That’s where I come in. My services include research and advice on building products, and briefing and liaising with architects, building designers and builders. I can also advise or comment on the design of your home or multi-residential development.