Specialising in thermally efficient home Designs and Construction
Designers of Residential, Residential Extensions, Commercial and Industrial Building
Commercial & Industrial
Energy Efficient Homes
What is an energy efficient home?
An energy efficient home reduces wasted energy usage, greenhouse gas emissions, and its demand for non-renewable energy resources.
It also offers healthier, cleaner living conditions.
A financial saving also occurs in every energy efficient home.
Why invest in an energy efficient house?
Investing in sustainable and renewable energy systems for your home will be a little financial investment.
But, there are many reasons to consider it.
Not only will your home’s value increase with these installations, your electricity bill and carbon footprint will reduce substantially.
Solar Power is created using the energy from the sun.
Solar panels convert light into power which can be used for appliances in your home.
Although the initial cost of solar systems is quite high, they may save you a great deal of money in the future.
Solar energy is estimated to have reduced Australia’s energy use by up to 40% in average homes.
Windows and Doors
Windows can be the cause of up to a 40% loss of cooling or heating energy. This can be reduced by up to 80% if energy efficient windows are installed.
Double glazed windows may be the best solution for your home, particularly if you plan on having larger window panes.
Ensure that your windows close to be airtight.
Putting up curtains, blinds, awnings, and shutters may also serve to reduce your energy use.
Thermal mass is the ability of a material to absorb and store heat energy. A lot of heat energy is required to change the temperature of high density materials like concrete, bricks and tiles. They are therefore said to have high thermal mass. Lightweight materials such as timber have low thermal mass. Appropriate use of thermal mass throughout your home can make a big difference to comfort and heating and cooling bills.
Thermal mass can store solar energy during the day and re-radiate it at night.
Thermal mass, correctly used, moderate’s internal temperatures by averaging out diurnal (day−night) extremes. This increases comfort and reduces energy costs.
Poor use of thermal mass can exacerbate the worst extremes of the climate and can be a huge energy and comfort liability. It can radiate heat to you all night as you attempt to sleep during a summer heatwave or absorb all the heat you produce on a winter night.
To be effective, thermal mass must be integrated with sound passive design techniques. This means having appropriate areas of glazing facing appropriate directions with appropriate levels of shading, ventilation, insulation and thermal mass.
The better we increase the thermal mass of our building the flatter the curve becomes thus making the home comfortable all year round and reducing our running costs.
Orientation of the home is critical to ensuring we use the thermal heat from the sun in the winter and eliminate heat it in the middle of summer. Again this helps maintain a constant temperature within the home.
The construction method is not that different to normal construction; it is using the thermal mass product on the inside of the external wall, not the outside.