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Home comfort with Passive Solar Design principles

Aim: Warmer house in winter, Cooler house in Summer with Minimal Mechanical Use

An energy efficient home is one that does not rely on artificial heating and cooling systems because it already provides a high level of thermal comfort.
Passive solar design is often seen as the main element to increasing buildings energy efficiency.


Passive solar design is very important to maintain the occupant’s comfort therefore minimising the use of mechanical systems to maintain this comfort. It is not difficult to retrofit existing building structures however it is important to understand what options are available.




The 7 Passive Design Principles include:

  • Orientation and Solar access
  • Thermal Mass
  • Cross Ventilation
  • Glazing/ Window area
  • Insulation
  • Passive Design Principle
  • Landscaping

Passive design features are necessary to increase energy efficiency of your home and are easy to implement when in the planning phase with little added cost. The challenge is when you wish to RETROFIT your existing home. There are many innovative options for you to choose from.

In need of more information relating to Passive Solar Design principles?

The Australian Government and its partners have developed a technical manual providing information you need to design, build or retrofit a more environmentally friendly and cost effective home. This is a joint initiative by the Australian Government and the building and design industries.

To find out more – www.yourhome.gov.au