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Building a home that stays cool in the summer months

  • New Zealanders are no strangers to the warmth of our summer months, and this year has proven to be particularly hot. While our attention often turns towards making our homes cosy in winter, it is equally important to think about keeping our homes cool during the sweltering summer days.

    Beyond the discomfort it brings, excessive heat can lead to increased energy consumption as we resort to artificial cooling methods. By adopting thoughtful design principles and sustainable features, we can create homes that naturally stay cool, thereby reducing our reliance on energy-intensive solutions. Here are a few of the design and construction methods we use to ensure our homes remain comfortable in the face of rising temperatures.

    Strategic Orientation and Layout:
    The orientation of a house is a critical factor in determining its ability to remain cool during summer. Thoughtful placement can take advantage of natural shading, with south-facing windows receiving less direct sunlight. Careful consideration of the layout can also help with cross-ventilation, giving good airflow.

    Window Placement and Efficiency:
    Windows, while crucial for natural light, can contribute to heat gain. Opting for energy-efficient windows with low-emissivity coatings helps minimize heat transfer. Proper window placement, allowing for the capture of cool breezes during specific times of the day, is super important. External shading solutions such as awnings and pergolas can also help to reduce intense heat from the sun.

    Insulation and Roof Design:
    Insulation is typically associated with winter warmth, but it is also important for regulating temperatures in summer. High-quality insulation in walls, roofs, and floors prevents the transfer of heat. Choosing reflective roofing materials reduces heat absorption, contributing to a cooler overall temperature.

    Thermal Mass:
    Concrete floors look stylish and are a really popular option for our clients, but they are also fantastic for another reason. The use of thermal mass, such as concrete floors, helps absorb excess heat during the day and releases it at night, contributing to a more comfortable indoor environment.

    Landscaping for Cooling:
    Strategic landscaping can provide natural shade and contribute to the cooling of a home. Planting deciduous trees on the west and east sides offers shade during the hottest parts of the day while allowing sunlight to get inside during cooler times.


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