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Everywhere I see, people are building or designing energy-efficient buildings or sustainable buildings. Are Energy efficient buildings and Sustainable buildings, some sort of fashion, like red shirts one year and green the next year?

No! Energy efficient homes are the future, They are here to stay, and we can not get started soon enough.

We have to improve on air-leakage and weather seals around the building, to save energy and $$$. Condensation issues are getting more and more common in Australia, it is a sign of what is called "Sick Housing Syndrome".

Before starting a build, drawings are needed. But how should we design the building? flat roof, gables, hipped roof, one or two stories, timber or brick, single or double glazing. All these questions pop up before the building design can start.

But what is good design, every architect will design your building different, and every architect can explain why someone else's design is not right. But what is the common denominator? what makes a building pleasing to look at?

And what makes a building good to live or be in?

Some would say ”The Golden Ratio”. The Golden Ratio exists everywhere in nature, and by implementing it into architecture we can create something we can relate to. The Golden Ratio is: A+B is to A as A is to B (same deal with B related to C)1:1.618.

What is the Fibonacci Sequence of Numbers?

1, 1, 2, 3, 5, 8, 13, 21, 34, 55, 89, etc Fibonaccis numbers are as important as The Golden Ratio—and related, take for example the number 89 and divide it with 55, then you get 1.618. A good building design could include some golden ratios, but that alone will not make a building good. Orientation, comfort, choice of material, functionality amongst others are also important.

What is important when you build a new home?

Is it important for you to have plenty of room, or is it more important for you to be comfortable in your home year-round without your heating bills get out of hand?

With years of experience in building and designing for a cold climate we can help you design a home where you can live the year around without being cold or too hot.

Unfortunately Australia is known in the Western World to build inefficient energy dwellings, even when we in this great country have more sunny days than most other countries. This Sun should be used to warm up homes to a much greater degree than now. It should be compulsory to install solar panels on all new dwellings. What is the problem, is it because we have to fit in the maximum m² within the budget, or is it because we do not think about the future electricity bills? - and then, in winter, we cramp up in only a few rooms of the house to reduce the power bills? - I believe we can blame the government and BCA for this!

The Building Code of Australia is decades behind other countries regarding energy effeciency of homes. It is time to build proper houses in Australia.

More is not necessarily better, So when you are next is planning

to build a new home, think about this.

With a few less m² you can have a home you can use all year around without spending all your money on heating and air-conditioning bills, and for the same price.