Sustainable house design features checklist

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This article summaries features and opportunities for maximising the sustainable design features of a building. This article summaries features and opportunities for maximising the sustainable design features of a building.
-* Passive solar design - thermal mass, north facing glass with shading systems. Use recycled content (e.g. GB slag blend) for concrete slabs.+* [[Passive solar design]] - thermal mass, north facing (southern hemisphere) or south facing (northern hemisphere) glass with shading systems.
-* Plantation or recycled timber only.+* Use recycled content (e.g. GB slag blend) for concrete slabs.
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 +* Use materials with low embodied energy
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 +* [[Forest friendly timber|Plantation or recycled timber]] only.
* Pendant lighting - CF or LED bulbs. Use motion sensitive switches to activate and turn off where appropriate. * Pendant lighting - CF or LED bulbs. Use motion sensitive switches to activate and turn off where appropriate.
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* Energy generation: Solar panels, wind power, micro hydro, depending on location. * Energy generation: Solar panels, wind power, micro hydro, depending on location.
-* Solar hot water with electric boosting+* [[Solar hot water]] with electric boosting
* Rainwater collection system and tanks (10,000 litres per bedroom) * Rainwater collection system and tanks (10,000 litres per bedroom)
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* Low toxicity paints and floor finishes * Low toxicity paints and floor finishes
-* Insulation - roof, wall and floor+* [[Insulation]] - roof, wall and floor
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-* Solar hot water with gas boosting+
-* Energy efficient appliances - 5 star or better (dishwasher, fridge, stove, airconditioner if fitted)+* [[Appliance energy efficiency standards|Energy efficient appliances]] - 5 star or better (dishwasher, fridge, stove, airconditioner if fitted)
-* Grey water treatment or diversion to garden+* [[Greywater system|Grey water treatment system]] or diversion to garden
* Low water garden * Low water garden
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* "Solar chimney" incorporated in design to naturally vent hot air * "Solar chimney" incorporated in design to naturally vent hot air
-* Appropriate sizing of rooms and overall building.+* [[House sizing|Appropriate sizing]] of rooms and overall building.
* Two or three storey configuration (e.g. cellar, living level, loft) to minimise footprint of dwelling. * Two or three storey configuration (e.g. cellar, living level, loft) to minimise footprint of dwelling.

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This article summaries features and opportunities for maximising the sustainable design features of a building.

  • Passive solar design - thermal mass, north facing (southern hemisphere) or south facing (northern hemisphere) glass with shading systems.
  • Use recycled content (e.g. GB slag blend) for concrete slabs.
  • Use materials with low embodied energy
  • Pendant lighting - CF or LED bulbs. Use motion sensitive switches to activate and turn off where appropriate.
  • Energy generation: Solar panels, wind power, micro hydro, depending on location.
  • Rainwater collection system and tanks (10,000 litres per bedroom)
  • Double glazing for windows
  • Triple glazing for roof windows
  • Low toxicity paints and floor finishes
  • Low water garden
  • Food garden
  • Cross flow ventilation
  • "Solar chimney" incorporated in design to naturally vent hot air
  • Two or three storey configuration (e.g. cellar, living level, loft) to minimise footprint of dwelling.
  • Ceiling fans for cooling.
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