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Eco Green Designs

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What makes a residence Green (ecologically sustainable and senstive)

Building Design

For new buildings or renovation and/or extending an existing building.

The design of a building is a major factor in the (short term) cost of erecting the building and the on-going (long term) costs and maintenance associated with any structure. By putting some thought into the design of the building, (where it is going, what is it used for) the structural components, construction and the materials used, these costs can be minimised.
The look (design, aesthetics) and certianly the structural integrity of the building does not have to be compromised to accomplish this.

Design to suit the Local Environment.
Where the building is going to be built is a major factor in the design of the building. It has to suit the local conditions. This will alow the building to function to its maximum potential while using a minimum of resources.

Building Orientation.
The building has to face in the right direction. This will allow it to make maximum use of the sun and the local weather conditions. This can be a great help when cooling or heating the building

Prevaling Winds, Natural Ventilation.
Almost every site will have a prevailing summer breeze which can be used to ventilate and cool a building without having to rely on air conditioning. The actual design of a building can create internal air movement which can be used to circulate the air. The building can also be designed to offer protection from harsh, cold winter winds.

Natural Light.
Sunlight will penetrate 5m. into a building and if it can be reflected of a shiny surface (floor tiles, gloss wall paint), it will penetrate even further. Skylights or Solar Tubes can bring sunlight to even the darkest corner of a building.

Natural Features.
Some sites will have natural features like a ground slope, trees or even a large hill protecting them from the winter wind. Some of these can be used to your advantage and will influence the building design. If the site has a glorious view, this will drive your design and everything else is secondary but still can be energy efficent.

Passive Design.
These are elements which are built into the structure which contribute to overall performance of the structure. They can be a brick wall that will used a heatsink or a large overhang which will offer protection from the hot sun.

Incentives from Local Council and Governments.
At the present time, several local councils, some state governments and the federal government are offering "Green Building Incentives and Financial Support". Do an internet search or make some phone calls and find out what is available.

Energy Rating.
In all Australian states, all new houses and major renovations to existing houses need an energy rating certificate. Beside this being a government requirement, it also gives a good indication of how well the house will perform as a energy efficent building. These benchmarks are the minimum requirement, you can design your house to exceede them.

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