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Heat waves to impact on housing design
THE number and severity of heat waves in Australia has increased the
need for home buyers and renovators to find affordable design solutions
to keep their homes cool, Archicentre, the design and inspection service
of the Australian Institute of Architects said today.
Edward Lukac of Archicentre said, "Keeping the sun off the windows is one
of the best ways of keeping homes cooler with the use of well designed eaves,
the most economical way of shading.
"Homes designed without eaves, a design trend in the past decade, have no
such protection and will likely be hotter on days of extreme heat increasing
the dependence on costly air conditioning or evaporative cooling systems."
Mr. Lukac said that as well as creating shade by protecting the walls and
windows of the home from the direct sun, the extended overhangs of the roof
increases the potential to capture considerably more water for gardens to help
cut water bills.
"The extended roof line also protects the home from potential expensive
water damage during extreme storms when internal gutters can overflow,
with extended eaves the water overflows on the outside of the building.
"Louvre windows have also made a return in many renovations as a low cost
method of controlling fresh air, and when strategically placed throughout
a home are a very effective way in creating air flow to cool a home down.
Louvres can direct the air flow towards the occupant of the room and high
level louvre windows can allow unpleasant hot air to escape, resulting in the
drawing in of cooler air.
"Shade is also a major health and sustainability design factor to provide
passive temperature control in the face of heavy increases in the cost of
energy through the use of extended roof lines, shade sails, pergolas with
plantings of deciduous creepers, extended verandas and appropriate tree
planting around the home."
Archicentre's design services is increasingly seeing people requesting
BACK TO BASICS WITH EAVES,
VERANDAHS AND LOUVRE WINDOWS
passive design solutions to heating and cooling in their new homes and
renovations, which is being driven by the soaring cost of energy.
There are three factors to consider if you want to create a comfortable home in
which to live: the season, the surrounding environment and the local climate.
"The key to year-round comfort is passive solar design. This is where the skill
of an architect carefully combines materi als, construction methods, building
form and the sun's natural energy to help keep your house co ol in summer and
warm in winter.
"People are also becoming more conscious about their homes delivering
healthy environments and with the move towards increased density of
residential living, clever and smart design has become extremely important
to deliver healthy lifestyle outcomes including being able to stay cool in a heat
wave," Mr. Lukac said.
Modernise your home with these
simple tricks of the trade
THERE are plenty of home improvement
projects that will add a touch of style and
modernise your home without the large
expense or hassle associated with a major
These improvements can be easily done for under
$150, and can you can do them over a weekend.
but give your home a new look, an updated feel,
and better sense of ownership. Here are five ways
you can do that in a weekend.
Add New Frames
One great way to refresh a ro om is to add new
frames to your pictures.
These can be anything from a DIY frame or those
For a bigger impact, you can create a large collage
of pictures on an expanse of wall. T
This then becomes the central focus and can
completely change the look and feel of your room.
Work With Paint Designs
There are plenty of ways to paint a room that
will not only change its appearance, but give it that
unique and breathtaking look.
For example, textured paints can give an
executive look , while a multi- colour design can give
a more fun and captivating environment.
Repaint Front Door and Entry
A great looking update to your home which can
easily add great appeal is to repaint your front door
and entry area.
By doing this every five years your home
continues to look fresh and inviting.
You do not necessarily need to change the color.
A touch up on the paint will go along way towards
making it look better.
Adding a new light fixture, and perhaps a planter
will also dress up your entry area.
Restore Your Floor’s Shine
The versatility and warmth of wood is
incomparable to other flooring materials, but
regular exposure to dirt, dust, and high foot traffic
will leave it looking dull and distressed.
Restore your floor’s shine factor by polishing with
a product that is specifically designed for hardwood
A wooden floor should be polished once a year,
and every four to six months in high-traffic areas of
Let the Light Shine
Beautiful light fixtures can go a long way in
energising or soothing a space.
Successfully light a room by creating layers of
light with task , accent, and ambient lighting.
An interesting pendant or chandelier instantly
boosts a room’s sophistication.
A chandelier makes a statement above the kitchen
sink and provides a practical light source for prep
There are plenty of different ways that you can
easily modernise your home, and perhaps add some
equity, with simple home improvement tasks.
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