‘Passive design’ is design that works with the local climate to maintain a comfortable temperature in the home. Good passive design should reduce or eliminate the need for additional heating or cooling depending on your location and often relies on an active occupant to work properly. A passively designed home can deliver a lifetime of thermal comfort, low energy bills, and low greenhouse gas emissions.
With passive design, building features such as orientation, thermal mass, insulation and glazing work together to take advantage of natural sources of heating and cooling, such as sun and breezes, and to minimise unwanted heat gain and loss. It is best to use passive design principles when designing or building a new home and at Exclusive Steel Homes our in-house architects and building specialists work closely during the design stages to ensure your home is built with the very best passive design principles so your property not only maximises its cost effective potential for energy usage but seamlessly works with the surroundings with lower greenhouse gasses.
In future blog posts we’re going to explore more in-depth the different design principles that are considered during the design phase which will include a comprehensive look at
- Thermal Mass & Installation
- Passive Heating & Cooling
- Shading & Ventilation
- Climate Zones
And many more areas that are specifically aimed at the Australian climate or building industry.
We also plan to share more green and energy saving solutions including smart home technology, advice on energy efficient appliances and renewable energy.