Keeping your house cooling during the Perth’s boiling summer is not that easy. We often hear the best advice is to shut curtains, windows and doors during the heat of the day and open them later on during the evening when the external temperature is lower than inside. However, it doesn’t work for all situations and other options need to be considered. Whether you are planning on building a new house or doing some renovation, consider at the design stage the following tips.

  1. Insulation

Insulated houses can become very uncomfortable for its occupants. Since 2003 (depending on where you leave in Australia) new houses have to be insulated to comply with the building regulations.

  1. Materials of construction

Instead of going for the standard brick cavity walls, it is worth spending extra money for less common materials such as SIP (Structural Insulated Panels) or efficient glazing.

  1. Shade

Curtains and shadowing structures over the northern openings keep the heat and glare outside. To avoid too much heat gain, minimise eastern and western solar access.

  1. Ventilation

Adjust your ceiling fans at a higher speed so it will create a “breeze” effect. You can also turn on the exhaust fans in the bathrooms to pull the humid and hot air out and ventilate the space.

There is a wide range of other options you can go for. Feel free to contact our building designers and energy assessors to find them out!