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How to design a comfortable home for the Sunshine Coast

Updated: Dec 17, 2019

Design for climatic changes has become a significant factor in the design and construction of homes.

Most of South East Queensland is in Zone 2: Warm humid summer, mild winter

We experience high humidity with a definite “dry season. Summers can be hot to very hot, and winters are generally mild closer to the coast. The Sunshine Coast has distinct summer and winter seasons.

The Sunshine Coast has moderate day/night temperature variation, and this varies significantly between the hinterland and coastal regions.

Reducing Running costs

The costs of heating or cooling a home are approximately 40% of the total energy requirements of a home. Reducing this cost can greatly reduce the running costs of a home. It is important to design your home for the climate so you get a comfortable, efficient, durable home that can endure years of climatic change.

Temperature and Humidity
Australia has eight climatic zones, of which Sunshine Coast has a warm humid summer and mild winter climate. Therefore, the temperature remains steady during the summer and dips mildly during the winter. When designing energy-efficient homes on the Sunshine Coast you have to consider temperature and humidity.

6 tips for designing around anticipated climatic changes

  1. Harness cooling breezes by placing windows that allow for cross-ventilation.
  2. Consider passive cooling by double glazing windows.
  3. To offset the cooler night temperatures, thermal mass can play an important role in cooler microclimates.
  4. Include shading over outdoor living areas, particularly on the western side.
  5. Wide eaves admit the lower angle winter-time sun and exclude the higher angle summer sun.
  6. The orientation of the home is important. Ideally, the living areas should face north or close to it.

Sustainable design principles make sense and save you money

When these design factors are incorporated into the design of your home, you get a comfortable home with reduced heating and cooling costs and reduced home maintenance costs. Your home will be resilient as it is designed to cope with weather changes. Sustainable designs command higher property values.

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