Good Orientation Design Principles For Your New Home
Planning the orientation of your home using climate responsive design principles improves the comfort and liveability of your home, whilst reducing your energy costs.
Good orientation design takes into account the sun’s path, natural breeze source and direction, local geographic features and adjacent buildings.
Whilst the optimum orientation for a home site is North/South facing, the site’s potential in all circumstances can still be realised using smart design strategies.
- Avoid inappropriate styles borrowed from different climate zones
- Choose a home designed and built from materials that suit our climate
- Provide enough shading and generous overhangs to reduce the western sun heating active spaces like living, kitchen, dining and outdoor entertaining.
- Locate living areas and bedrooms where possible on the north, east and south-east to catch breezes and morning sun
- Use louvers to increase cross-ventilation
- Install vertical shading on walls exposed to the western sun
- Open plan internal layouts facilitate ventilation
- Landscape to funnel afternoon sun using tall spreading trees
- Prune vegetation that blocks cool breezes
- Reduce the amount of west-facing windows
- Home designs can be mirrored or flipped to suit your site and breeze paths
- Locate laundries, bathrooms and garages on the west or south where possible
- Elevate the house to allow air to circulate beneath in summer