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Feature | Green houses
Angle your home
When building a new home, correct orientation should remove much
of the need for heating and cooling – resulting in lower energy bills and
reduced greenhouse emissions. Homes should ideally face north in our
climate, to maximise the winter sun and keep out the summer heat. The
most-used living areas (kitchen, lounge) should be at the front, with the
least-used areas (laundry, garage) at the sides. This north-facing New
South Wales home, adjacent to a national park, allows all living rooms
and bedrooms to take advantage of the view and solar access. Natural
ventilation also saves substantial amounts of energy, making this home
sustainable and very livable.
Carfrae House by Lipmann Partnership, lippmann.com.au.
Skylights are useful in spaces that don’t receive much natural light laterally.
Pleasant and environmentally friendly, they brighten dim areas without
power, which cuts electricity bills. It’s important to choose a skylight
made for the Australian climate that blocks out as many harmful UV rays as
possible. This home in Melbourne’s eastern suburbs features a central,
23m continuous linear skylight that becomes the ‘spine’ of the home. It
connects the open and private spaces, bathing all areas in additional light.
Manning Road House by Noxon Giffen, noxongiffen.com .
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