Melbourne weather is like no other. With hot, sweaty summers, chilly winters and many overcast days throughout the year, Melburnians have to be very good at planning ahead. The unpredictable climate is also something to consider when it comes to building a new home – you need a space that will protect you throughout all weather conditions. So how do you make sure your home’s temperature remains regulated, without receiving an exorbitant energy bill at the end of the month?
The solution is actually quite simple – it all comes down to the design of your home. An energy-efficient home will allow air to flow throughout each space to achieve a comfortable temperature throughout the year. Not only will this help with climate control, it can also help prevent mould and create a more pleasant and fresh feeling inside your home.
Keep reading to learn about the importance of air flow and the different ventilation methods you can apply to your new build.
The Cross Ventilation Method
A natural method of cooling, cross ventilation occurs when cool exterior air is forced into the building through an opening (such as a window, gable or louvres), while hot air is pushed out via a high window or roof vent.
The effectiveness of this system is determined by a few factors. Before you build you should consider how the orientation of your home will interact with things like wind and any ocean breeze. The size and position of your openings and vents will also factor into how much natural air flows throughout your home.
the stack effect
Implemented largely in two-storey homes, the stack effect occurs when natural air is pushed into low levels of the home and forced out of higher levels. This method draws on thermal buoyancy, as warmer air naturally rises. To take full advantage of this natural ventilation method, an opening should be created in the home’s structural envelope, which will further help to push out warm air.
Using one of these methods, or a combination of the two, can dramatically lessen your energy usage, which is better for the environment and you, as it’ll result in lower bills. By not being completely reliant on artificial systems like air conditioning and heating, you won’t be forced to pay for expensive operation and maintenance costs either.
how to optimise these ventilation systems
There are a few things you can do to optimise ventilation in your home. This includes:
- Opting for windows with large openings, like casement or sliding. This will allow natural air to flood into the house.
- Investing in a well-ventilated roof space.
- Considering landscaping – if there is abundant paving around your house with direct access to the sun, this can mean warmer air flowing inside.
- Choosing an open-plan design which allows for better air flow throughout the home.
If you’re looking to build a home with optimal natural ventilation and air flow? Get in touch with the expert team at Edina Building Group today!