Sustainable House Design Factors for Cool Temperate (Includes Cold-Alpine)


 ( Example Canberra, Tasmania)


* Low humidity.

* High diurnal range.

* Four distinct seasons. Summer and winter exceed human comfort range

* Cold to very cold winters with majority of rainfall.

* Hot dry summers.

* Variable spring and autumn conditions.


* Use passive solar principles.

* High thermal mass is strongly recommended.

* Insulate thermal mass including slab edges.

* Maximise north facing walls & glazing, especially in living areas with passive solar access.

* Minimise east & west glazing.

* Use adjustable shading.

* Minimise south facing glazing.

* Use double glazing, insulating frames and/or heavy drapes with sealed pelmets to insulate glass in winter.

* Minimise external wall areas (especially E & W).

* Use cross ventilation & night time cooling in summer.

* Encourage convective ventilation & heat circulation.

* Site new homes for solar access, exposure to cooling breezes and protection from cold winds.

* Draught seal thoroughly and provide airlocks to entries

* Install auxiliary heating in extreme climates.

* Use reflective insulation to keep out heat in summer.

* Use bulk insulation to keep heat in during winter. Bulk insulate walls, ceilings and exposed floors.

No examples available at present.

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