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Most people have heard of passive solar heating but what about passive cooling?
The Building Code of Australia defines Perth’s climate zone as “Warm Temperate” and it is important to consider both when designing your new home.
We’ve broken down some of the concepts into an easy-to-understand summary below, so you can make sure you’re building your home at Vivente in a way that maximises passive design principles. This will reduce your running costs and will also help the environment.
Passive solar heating is the least expensive way to heat your home. Put simply, design for passive solar heating aims to keep out summer sun and let in winter sun while ensuring the building’s overall thermal performance retains that heat in winter but excludes it and allows it to escape in summer. Passive solar design also depends on informed, active occupants who remember to open and close windows and isolate zone spaces, for example, each day.
Passive cooling is the least expensive means of cooling a home in both financial and environmental terms. Some level of passive cooling is required in every Australian climate at some time of the year.
We have a long summer in Perth, so incorporating these principles into your new home is extremely important.
Source – YourHome. Australia’s guide to environmentally sustainable homes
Building a sustainable home isn’t hard although there are many things to consider and lots of options out there to achieve great results. However, the wider your block is, the easier it is to benefit from passive design principles. The extra space you have around your home gives the sunlight more opportunities to enter your home and brighten up your living space during the day.
At Vivente we offer a wider than average block to allow you to make the most out of passive design and to help you save money. If you’d like to find out more, contact our Sales Manager Rod Wright on 0407 945 834 or firstname.lastname@example.org, and he can answer any other questions you may have.