Staying warm in winter, how do you make your house do the work? One of the main advantages and benefits of draught proofing a home is climate control, the ability to maintain a more constant temperature and therefore reducing the need for extensive heating/cooling, which then in turn reduces the associated costs of this.
It is essential to eliminate unwanted draughts to be able to capture intentional breezes. Our homes incorporate passive design principles, there is a core design principle of a recent collaborative project of ours that works to draw cooling breezes through the home to passively moderate the internal climate.
The main way unwanted draughts will come into a home is by poorly sealed gaps, these can be very small and found around external windows and doors that aren’t sealed correctly. They can also find their way in through poor quality fittings such as cheaper/low quality exhaust fans. Better quality fittings have a self-closing option, which is essential for keeping out draughts.
Maintaining a comfortable temperature
An important way to reduce unwanted draughts is to start at the design process to ensure practical and clever design and location of windows and any external openings. Incorporated within the Weststyle design process are passive design principles, executed correctly this design strategy will help your home respond to the local climate and site conditions to maintain a comfortable temperature. This focuses on renewable sources of energy such as the sun, wind, ventilation and harnessing natural light. In regards to building techniques, the most effective thing you can do is to ensure top quality products and trades, this will help to avoid gaps around windows and doors and in other areas of the build so that draughts can’t sneak through.
All of our homes are designed with passive design principles in mind and are built to a very high quality. Weststyle have worked with the same trades for years and their homes are always executed to a high standard. There are some homes lately that have embraced sustainable design further and a good example of this is our latest collaboration with CAPA Studio in the build of RZB House in Shenton Park. This home is highly detailed and cleverly crafted, embracing sustainable elements. The home has no air conditioning so relies solely on passive design to heat and cool the spaces.
Another recently completed home that Weststyle designed and built is a family home in Bicton. This home uses intentional elements such as orientation of the home and in particular windows and louvres to direct breezes. Large-scale windows are expertly sealed and orientated to take advantage of natural light.
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