‘Energy efficiency’ is a catchphrase of our time and increasingly gaining popularity in the building and construction industry. As catchy as it sounds, it is all about maintaining low running costs for the home while using less energy to achieve the desired outcomes. This has several benefits such as low energy bills, decreased carbon footprints and improved demand for energy efficient products in the market.
Considering passive building design should be a first step before you start building or renovating your house. A home with a good passive design maintains a comfortable internal temperature with the help of natural elements such as sunlight and air - thereby minimising its reliance on artificial sources of energy and ultimately reducing our running costs and bills. An effective passive building design can be divided into seven main elements: orientation, insulation, external shading, spatial zoning, ventilation, thermal mass and glazing. A successful combination of these can result in creating an energy efficient home.