Sustainable house design features checklist

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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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