Sustainable design: What makes our homes energy efficient and comfortable to live in?

At Thompson Sustainable Homes we build healthy Aussie homes for our customers. This means that our West Australia and Sunshine Coast house and land packages are designed for the harsh Australian climate and are energy efficient, healthy and free from environmental hazards.

Designed for the Australian climate

For simplicity, Australia’s broad range of climatic conditions have been grouped into eight climate zones for thermal design by the BCA (Building Code of Australia). It is important that you understand that the design and construction requirements of single dwellings differ in Australia for each climate zone.

What makes our homes energy efficient?

There are many factors that make our house designs eco-friendly and energy efficient and these include the embodied energy in our houses, the Window Energy Rating Scheme and the reverse brick veneer we use when building homes.

Embodied energy: This is the energy consumed by all of the processes associated with the production of a building, from the mining and
processing of natural resources to manufacturing, transport and product delivery. This does not include the operation and disposal of the building materials by your West Australia or Queensland builder, as embodied energy is the ‘upstream’ or ‘front-end’ component of a home’s impact on the environment.

WERS: The Window Energy Rating Scheme (WERS) ranks windows for their energy performance in typical housing, anywhere in Australia. The WERS rating will tell you whether a given window is suitable or unsuitable for the climate.

WERS ranks windows in terms of their whole-house energy improvement, when compared to the base-case window (a single glazed clear window with a thermally unbroken aluminium frame). The rankings are then used to generate star ratings for cooling (summer and solar control performance) and heating (winter performance).

Reverse brick veneer: As successful Queensland and West Australian builders, we know that bricks on the inside, cladding on the outside, better temperatures and stand-out style: that’s the philosophy behind the popularity of reverse brick veneer. This is essentially the practice of improving a home’s thermal performance and comfort by placing the thermal mass (bricks) on the inside, with a layer of insulation between the bricks and the cladding.

Healthy homes promote good physical and mental health

CSIRO estimates that occupants of new homes may be exposed to many times the maximum allowable limits of some indoor air pollutants. This is why we guarantee that our homes are healthy and safe for our customers.

A healthy home is one that is well ventilated, free of pests and pesticides and is dry, clean and free of dangerous situations around the home (for example, fencing is installed around a pool). At Thompson Sustainable Homes, all of our house and land packages in Brisbane and Perth are well constructed with all building products selected on the basis of eliminating the harmful releases of toxins.

Australians spend a staggering 80% to 90% of their time indoors (in schools, office buildings, cars, hospitals and shopping centres) and much of that time is in your own home.

In that case it makes good sense that your home is made to be both comfortable and healthy to live in.

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