There’s more than one way to be healthy and where you live is just as important as what you eat. Here’s how to build a home that will nourish you.

They say a healthy life starts at home, but in this case a healthy life can start with the home you build.

If home construction is done properly you will enjoy years of comfort, lower energy bills and generally lead a healthier life, according to the team at H4 Living. While the company agrees that the aesthetic look of the your home is important, they also urge potential home owners to ‘look behind the walls’ and think about internal solutions that will lead to a healthy life.

“Most project builders want to sell you a home off the plan, designed with a cheaper price to attract you. Quantity prevails over quality and it ignores all good principles of design,” says a H4 Living spokesperson. “In Australia we still don’t have compliance and testing for thermal and energy efficiencies of buildings after construction is complete.

“Everyone can have beautiful bench tops, kitchen cabinets and the nice balustrading, but don’t forget to look behind the walls and think about how you can incorporate features into your home that will give you a lifetime of energy savings and thermal efficiencies. At the same time you will be producing less carbon emissions and helping to create a better world.”

Building a home is about more than meeting the minimal building standards. You should research and consult your builders on ways to make your home safer, have a lower energy cost, and be healthier and more eco friendly.

For example, ensuring that your home is built using the right insulation is a key to long lasting homely health. Different climate zones and building materials require different types of insulation. Our Brisbane climate is hot and humid in summer and cooler in winter, so it is important to reduce heat loss in winter and heat gain in summer.

By ignoring the internal structure of your house, H4 Living warn that you’ll fall into the trap of having a home that’s hot in summer and cold in winter. It’ll have poor air quality, be damp, attract vermin and add more carbon admissions to our planet.

For more information on how to build a healthy home, visit h4living.com.au. If you’re thinking about building a custom home, make sure you visit the Builtex – H4 Living Home on display at 10 Wynnum Rd, Norman Park this Saturday 22 November and Sunday 23 November from 10am to 4pm. The home, built on a challenging site on the Brisbane River, features solar passive design, super insulation, low e-glass, paints approved by the Asthma Foundation, solar roof venting and more.

Just so you know, this post is sponsored by H4 Living. Regardless, we only recommend products or services that we believe our readers will appreciate.