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Design buildings for energy efficiency

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If you are building or renovating a house or workplace, you can take steps to ensure the design is energy efficient.

A building can be designed to consider airflows, orientation, roof materials, solar panels, insulation, local climate, and natural surroundings so that the overall design results in a building with reduced energy needs.

One term for this approach is ‘Passive design’, where the building design works with the local climate to maintain a comfortable temperature. Doing this can result in low energy bills and greenhouse gas emissions over the whole lifespan of the building.

Save up to 2 tonnes of carbon for efficient design of a medium-sized home or business unit

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“With passive design, building features such as orientation, thermal mass, insulation and glazing work together to take advantage of natural sources of heating and cooling, such as sun and breezes, and to minimise unwanted heat gain and loss. It is best to use passive design principles when designing or building a new home, but many features of passive design can be added through renovations or simple home improvements.”
Your Home, Australian Government