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 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

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 power appliances, airconditioner

Forest friendly timber

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

A "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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