With the rising demand for self-sustainability and energy efficiency, some would say that the future is now. Many advances in housing technology have made it possible for homeowners from all over Australia to build self-sustaining houses.
In fact, the government has come up with a standardised measure for home efficiency, through the Nationwide House Energy Rating Scheme (NatHERS).
Here are some ways you can build your very own self-sustaining house, and achieve a good NatHERS rating.
Insulated Roofing and Walls
Even in places like Brisbane, insulated roof panels are on the rise, and for good reason. Using insulated panels can save households a lot of money in air conditioning costs. Most house roofings lose a lot of heat, and insulation can prevent wastage.
The same principle applies to walls – by using the right material, walls can keep out or store more heat, allowing you to regulate home temperatures from summer through winter at much less cost.
Architects specialising in self-sustaining houses design them according to the climate. While there are common themes among “green” homes, one size does not fit all.
Conducting site analyses allows you and the builders to determine how best to distribute temperature in the house, and ensure that your needs are met.
Ventilation and Shade
The very design of your home could determine how well it regulates heat. To allow air to move freely inside the house, you can adopt an open floor plan with minimal inner walls and hallways. This prevents from trapping excess air, which can create a disparity across rooms.
Some would think that sustainable homes are too hefty an investment – while the initial cost is high, the savings you accrue from lower heating or cooling costs will make up for it. These three things can help you achieve that dream.