Sustainable house design features checklist

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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 power|Solar panels]], [[wind power]], [[Kancoona_house#Micro_hydro_system|micro hydro]], depending on location. * Energy generation: [[Solar power|Solar panels]], [[wind power]], [[Kancoona_house#Micro_hydro_system|micro hydro]], depending on location.

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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.
  • 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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