What is a Passive Design?
A ‘Passive Design’ is home designed and constructed to take advantage of the climate, maintaining a comfortable temperature range in the home all year round. These custom and clever designs reduce or eliminate the need for auxiliary heating or cooling, which accounts for about 40% of energy use in the average Australian home.
The importance of passive design cannot be underestimated and the most economical time to achieve good passive design is when you’re in the initial design stages.However, if your needing to undertake substantial renovations to an existing home this timing can also offer a cost-effective opportunity to redesign and or upgrade, achieving more thermal comfort. Even small changes can deliver noticeable improvements.
I want to buy a home, What do I need to consider?
Passive Design 10 Key Strategies
1. Design for climate
4. Passive solar heating
5. Passive cooling
6. Sealing your home
8. Thermal Mass
Energy House Ratings
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