When making changes to your home while renovating, it is wise to make sure you plan all the things you want to do to your dwelling so that you only live in a state of chaos once. As someone who is very mindful of your impact on the environment, you want to include environmentally-friendly options in your updated home. A passive house is one which controls the temperate within naturally rather than having to rely on electric heating and air-conditioning. Here are three changes you can make while renovating your home to turn it into a passive one.
Entry Doors and Windows
Ill-fitting doors and windows allow heat to escape and warm air to enter a home. Therefore, during the renovation project, you want to upgrade your doors and windows to ones which are well-sealed and energy efficient. Double-glazed windows, for example, have an air gap which is sealed between two panes of glass. This air gap then becomes a pocket of insulation between the inner and outer glass panes. Not only does the insulation make it easier to maintain the temperature inside your home, but it also reduces the amount of outside noise you hear.
Not all homes have insulation already in them, so get your construction supervisor to check the walls and ceiling to see what type of insulation is there. Insulation is graded using an R-value. The higher the number is, the better the insulation is able to resist heat. Considering that the hot Australian summer is just around the corner, upgrading to a higher R-rating insulation means you'll be less reliant on your air conditioning this summer. The extra benefit is that due to a reduction in energy because you don't need the air conditioner so much, you'll also benefit by having a smaller power bill.
As well as tightly sealed doors and windows, and good insulation, you also must consider solar energy for your home. Your building contractor can advise on how many solar panels you need to be energy efficient, and when you get the solar energy system set up and working well, you can reduce your power bill to almost zero. This is particularly beneficial if you have a high power usage home because of extras like a swimming pool.
Talk to your building contractors about how best to make your home a passive house during the renovation process, so that you can reduce your imprint on the environment.