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.
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* [[Forest friendly timber|Plantation or recycled timber]] only. * [[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 - Compact fluoro or [[LED lighting|LED]] lighting. Use motion sensitive switches to activate and turn off where appropriate.
-* Energy generation: Solar panels, wind power, micro hydro, depending on location.+* Energy generation: [[Solar power|Solar panels]], [[wind power]], [[Kancoona_house#Micro_hydro_system|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)+* [[Water tanks|Rainwater collection system and tanks]] (10,000 litres per bedroom)
* Double glazing for windows * Double glazing for windows
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* Low water garden * Low water garden
-* Food garden+* [[Sanci permaculture garden|Food garden]]
* Cross flow ventilation * Cross flow ventilation
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* Ceiling fans for cooling. * Ceiling fans for cooling.
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 +==See also==
 +* [[Energy saving tips]]
[[Category:Sustainable houses]] [[Category:Sustainable houses]]
 +[[Category:Sustainable buildings]]
 +[[Category:Green living]]

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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 - Compact fluoro or LED lighting. Use motion sensitive switches to activate and turn off where appropriate.
  • Double glazing for windows
  • Triple glazing for roof windows
  • Low toxicity paints and floor finishes
  • Low water 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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