Passive Design: Why It Should Matter to You as a Homeowner

Houses in PerthAs a homeowner, one of your priorities is to make sure that you and your family live in a healthy, comfortable and safe environment. You want as much convenience as possible, so you upgrade and do improvement projects to achieve these goals. What you probably don’t know is that many things you have at home can contribute not only to the increase in your household resource consumption, but to the endangerment of the environment, as well. This is where passive design comes into play.

What Passive Design Means

Passive design, as the Australian Government describes it, is a type of design focused on making the most of the climate to keep the temperature inside any home in comfortable levels. This concept minimises the requirement for energy-consuming heating and cooling (your HVAC). Note that HVAC systems account for 40% of an average household’s energy consumption.

Reducing your dependability on it means a decrease in energy consumption, leading to lower energy bills. In Perth, for example, many households have been installing shutters to promote better insulation.

Example of a Passively Designed Home

An example of passive design is a living room with windows applied with the right treatments or covers. These allow light to enter the room, minimising your use for electrical lighting. Drawing the covers at the right time of the day will keep heat and light from penetrating, maintaining comfortable temperature levels inside your home. Shutters and other window treatments have become quite popular for this purpose.

You should never underestimate the power of passive design. As long as you know what principles of passive design best suits your climate, you can effectively improve thermal comfort, reduce heating and cooling expenses, contribute to the reduction of greenhouse gas emissions, enhance the functionalities of your home and enjoy a much better quality of life.