Sustainable house design features checklist

Green checklist
Green checklist

This article summaries features and opportunities for maximising the sustainable design features of a building.

  • Passive solar design – thermal mass, north facing (southern hemisphere) or south facing (northern hemisphere) glass with shading systems.
  • Use recycled content (e.g. GB slag blend) for concrete slabs.
  • Use materials with low embodied energy
  • Plantation or recycled timber only.
  • Pendant lighting – Compact fluoro or LED lighting. Use motion sensitive switches to activate and turn off where appropriate.
  • Energy generation: Solar panelswind power, micro hydro, depending on location.
  • Solar hot water with electric boosting
  • Rainwater collection system and tanks (10,000 litres per bedroom)
  • Double glazing for windows
  • Triple glazing for roof windows
  • Low toxicity paints and floor finishes
  • Insulation – roof, wall and floor
  • Energy efficient appliances – 5 star or better (dishwasher, fridge, stove, airconditioner if fitted)
  • Grey water treatment system or diversion to garden
  • Low water garden
  • Food garden
  • Cross flow ventilation
  • “Solar chimney” incorporated in design to naturally vent hot air
  • Appropriate sizing of rooms and overall building.
  • Two or three storey configuration (e.g. cellar, living level, loft) to minimise footprint of dwelling.
  • Ceiling fans for cooling.

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