As our understanding of our environmental impact grows, how we build homes continues to change. For many modern homeowners and new home builders, energy efficient principles and sustainable designs are becoming non-negotiable elements of a build. Energy efficient homes involve incorporating strategies, techniques and features that minimise reliance on resources.
From architectural choices through to build techniques, building an energy efficient home can help you save on costs for many years to come.
Do you find that you’re constantly switching on the heat or cool in older homes? That’s because of their lack of quality insulation. Without good insulation, temperatures escape from the home and outside temperatures seep through. Particularly uncomfortable in the middle of summer and winter, a poorly insulated home often racks up a hefty energy bill.
Insulation is one of the most critical features of any energy efficient home. Responsible for maintaining a stable and comfortable temperature inside the home, good quality wall, ceiling, floor, door and window insulation helps to minimise your energy costs and reliance on heat and cool appliances. When it comes to your build or renovation, insist on energy efficient insulation to keep temperatures stable and to save on costs in the long term.
A roof overhang is one of the most effective ways to provide shade in summer and sunlight in winter. Architecturally designed and strategically placed, roof overhangs add a modern and contemporary feature to home designs. A good quality roof overhang will be designed and placed to restrict sunlight in the summer to maintain cool temperatures and encourage sunlight through the winter for added warmth. Allowing for less reliance on air conditioning and heating, you can save on your energy bills year-round.
Incorporate a roof overhang into your sustainable design to improve the energy efficiency of heat and cool systems and to allow your home to maintain stable temperatures naturally. Able to be designed in a wide range of styles, your roof overhang can blend seamlessly with the rest of your build or renovation.
Doors and Windows
The placement of doors and windows can have a big impact on the energy efficiency of your home. Responsible for lighting up rooms, adding ventilation, allowing solar radiation in for heating during the winter and for providing access to your space, the location of your windows and doors should be well thought out. In general, energy efficient designs recommend avoiding placing large windows on northern facades, placing doors on opposite sides of homes and adding medium or large windows to the south of your space.
Incorporate strategic door and window placement into your build or renovation to create a sustainable home design that both flows and provides maximum energy efficiency. Trickling over to your floor plan and layout, work with an experienced energy efficient designer to ensure that your home ticks all the boxes.
Craft Your Energy Efficient House with Knowledgeable Builders
Helping to reduce reliance on resources and allow homes to be more autonomous, energy efficiency home designs offers a multitude of rewards both for the planet and for the homeowner. At JFK Custom Homes, we specialise in crafting energy efficient homes incorporating best-practice principles and your style preferences.
Learn more about building a sustainable design with JFK Custom Homes. Contact us on (08) 9355 1788.