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 glass with shading systems. Use recycled content (e.g. GB slag blend) for concrete slabs.
-Plantation or recycled timber only.+* 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.
-Energy generation: Solar panels+* 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)
-Double glazing for windows+* Double glazing for windows
-Triple glazing for roof windows+* Triple glazing for roof windows
-Low power appliances, airconditioner+* Low toxicity paints and floor finishes
-Forest friendly timber+* Insulation - roof, wall and floor
-Low toxicity paints and floor finishes+* Solar hot water with gas boosting
-Insulation - roof, wall and floor+* Energy efficient appliances - 5 star or better (dishwasher, fridge, stove, airconditioner if fitted)
-Solar hot water with gas boosting+* Grey water treatment or diversion to garden
-Energy efficient appliances - 5 star or better (dishwasher, fridge, stove, airconditioner if fitted)+* Low water garden
-Grey water treatment or diversion to garden+* Food garden
-Low water garden+* Cross flow ventilation
-Food garden+* "Solar chimney" incorporated in design to naturally vent hot air
-Cross flow ventilation+* Appropriate sizing of rooms and overall building.
-A "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.
-Appropriate sizing of rooms and overall building.+* Ceiling fans for cooling.
-Two or three storey configuration (e.g. cellar, living level, loft) to minimise footprint of dwelling.+[[Category:Sustainable houses]]
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-Ceiling fans for cooling.+
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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 glass with shading systems. Use recycled content (e.g. GB slag blend) for concrete slabs.
  • Plantation or recycled timber only.
  • 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.
  • Solar hot water with electric boosting
  • 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
  • Insulation - roof, wall and floor
  • Solar hot water with gas boosting
  • Energy efficient appliances - 5 star or better (dishwasher, fridge, stove, airconditioner if fitted)
  • Grey water treatment or diversion to garden
  • Low water garden
  • Food garden
  • Cross flow ventilation
  • "Solar chimney" incorporated in design to naturally vent hot air
  • Appropriate sizing of rooms and overall building.
  • Two or three storey configuration (e.g. cellar, living level, loft) to minimise footprint of dwelling.
  • Ceiling fans for cooling.
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