Build an Australian Climate-Ready Home with Superior Home Builders21 November 2022
Australia is a sizable continent with numerous climate zones. Eight temperature zones have been identified in the Australian National Building Code (B.C.A.). These climate regions span from the cold alpine regions of the Snowy Mountains to the sweltering tropical heat of the Northern Territory. There are several construction specifications for each zone under each state’s laws and the BCA. For each zone, a distinct planning approach needs to be used.
However, you don’t need to worry about all that because here at Superior Home Builders, we can help you build an Australian climate-ready home for you and your family. Here’s what we’re going to do:
Get to Know the Proper Orientation
The sun spends most of the day in the northern hemisphere because Australia is located on the south side of the equator, making the north the most advantageous and sunny orientation. An inviting ambience can be created by placing the indoor and outdoor living areas on the site’s northern side. The bedrooms and living areas should ideally be positioned on the northern side of the house, while ancillary spaces like bathrooms, laundry rooms, and garages should be located on the east, west, or south sides. It is because the spaces on this side of a house tend to be colder and darker.
Promote Natural Ventilation
Promoting natural ventilation is beneficial for maintaining comfortable living conditions in the comparatively mild weather that we are privileged to experience. Natural cross ventilation is promoted by taking the house’s orientation into account and positioning the right apertures on the opposing sides of the structure. Additionally, homeowners must prepare for the more unfavourable winds coming from the west and south, bringing cooler temperatures and powerful gusts. As a result, the typical method is to create more extensive openings to the east and north while restricting openings to the west and south.
Meet The Required Insulation Values
In houses with architectural designs, insulating the walls and roof has long been standard practice. Today, when building a house, the insulation values of the roof, ceiling, exterior walls, windows, and floor are all inspected. To provide more efficient insulation, new and improved building components are always being developed. In addition to insulation, materials like building wrap (sisalation) and under-floor linings are used to seal draughts, reducing the entry of cold air and the egress of warm, heated air.
Choose The Right Material and Colours
The exterior wall, roof materials, and colours chosen will greatly impact how environmentally friendly a house is. The frequently used building materials, such as roof tiles, Colorbond sheets, bricks, weatherboards, expanded polystyrene foam, Hebel panels, etc., have documented insulation ratings. The colour chosen will impact the thermal performance of these materials; lighter colours reflect heat, while darker colours absorb it. Given this fundamental scientific tenet, it is puzzling why many new project homes have dark metal roofs or black roof tiles.
When developing homes suited to the Australian environment, Superior Home Builders‘ professionals consider these several general techniques. We can offer the right guidance and design in any situation as experienced builders, ensuring that the best plans are implemented to create comfortable living spaces.
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