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So you’ve chosen you block of land – now it’s time to plan your build! Don’t panic, the professionals already have the knowledge and understanding, you don’t need to make any decisions on your own, but there is no harm in giving your opinion and considering the facts. The orientation, placement and climate of your Perth property can affect your garden, efficiency of solar energy, and even the materials you choose. Plus, all of these things can decrease long-term costs and get the most of your new home, so you need to think it through.
When planning where your new home will be placed on the lot you’ve chosen, there are a few things to consider. It isn’t just about how you are going to access the road and what it will look like to your neighbours on completion – you want to get the most of your homesite. We’ve got the fundamentals covered, but here’s how the team at GO Homes go about planning your property’s placement.
Orientation is key
The orientation of your new home should result in you getting the most out of your block all year round – you want to be comfortable and saving as much money as you can, whatever the season.
Orientation is usually determined by a combination of the sun’s path and common wind patterns, with season variations at the core. Good orientation can increase the energy efficiency of your home, but make it a more comfortable place to live and cheaper to run.
Identifying your climate
Getting to know the climate of your location can help you make the best use of sunlight and winds. When you get it right, you can lower energy bills and reduce greenhouse gas emissions too – win, win!
Prioritise your heating and cooling needs. The Western Australian climate usually requires passive cooling oppose to passive heating, although some families will require a combination of both.
Keeping your cool
Additional attention to shading of windows and walls (particularly west facing) and exposure to cool breezes and other forms of natural cooling is required in all climate zones.
In hot humid climates and hot dry climates like Perth, with no winter heating requirements, aim to exclude direct sun by using trees and adjoining buildings for shade, while capturing and funnelling cooling breezes.
The results of badly chosen orientation
Poor orientation can exclude winter sun as well as cause overheating in summer by allowing low angle east or west sun to strike glass surfaces, creating a greenhouse effect.
Whether you need extra heat or not, it’s important to ensure year-round solar access for clothes drying and solar collectors.
In winter the sun is lower, so make sure you are the right distance from your neighbours to still make the most of the solar exposure. The GO Homes team are experts in this area, and can talk you through all these decisions, that might seem simple, but that make huge long-term differences.
Why not take a look at our handy checklist for designing a new home or renovating your build to get the most of your block?
With obvious environmental benefits and lower costs, solar power is becoming far more accessible and valuable.
It’s worth finding out how much you could save by going solar in the long-run and check you can use solar to save money on power bills in your chosen location.
So now you’re in the know
With your block selected and area defined, have you picked the perfect property for your family? Why not take a look at our stunning Home Designs, or for a better understanding of space and placement, visit one of our beautiful Display Homes.
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