What is ‘sustainability’?
‘Sustainability’ has been defined as “development that meets the needs of the present without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs”.
Our Common Future 1987
Why should we care about sustainable building?
Due to the rapid changes to our environment, the construction industry is in for a major update. These environmental changes in turn have impacted the way we live and the way we will live in the future.
These changes include:
- Changing weather patterns
- Rising temperatures and sea levels
- Increase in droughts, floods, heatwaves and storms
- Shifting rainfall patterns
- Maximum demand for infrastructure
- Depletion of non-renewable resources
How does sustainability impact the building industry?
To strive for a more sustainable future, builders are to now consider how their projects are designed and built.
Though it is a new way to approach construction, there is an extensive list of benefits that come with a more sustainable home
- The quality of air will be better
- Maximised building life
- Minimised building waste
- Minimised greenhouse Gas Emissions
- Improve future value
- Reduced energy and water consumption
What elements will improve the efficiency of your home?
1. Solar movement & Orientation
6. Thermal mass
By considering all these areas in the design and construction of your dream home, you are on your way to building a sustainable and future proof home.
Handy Efficiency Top Tips for sustainable building
- Main living areas should face North between 20oW and 30oE
- Wet areas should face to the South
- The garage should face to the South or West to protect the living areas
- Techniques should be used to block out the Summer sun (passive cooling), as well as let in the Winter sun in (passive heating)
- The long axis of the house should be East to West
A goal of all new homes should reduce the need for electric lighting to be used within daylight hours, relying mainly on natural light.
Depending on the client’s budget;
Good – Stick with standard aluminium windows with good shading
Better – Low e glass
Best – Double glaze some for all window
Windows can severely impact the heating and cooling loads of a building.
- Cause of 40% of a home’s heating energy loss
- 87% of heat gained through windows
Household Energy Use
Heating and cooling 40%
Water heating 21%
Appliances and equipment including refrigeration and cooking 33%
If you are ready to build a future proof home, give ATN a call today!