Shoot the breeze

As temperatures and energy prices rise, passive design is making it’s way on to the ‘must have’ list for many home buyers.

Passive design uses natural sources, such as the sun and wind, to control a house’s heating, cooling, ventilation and lighting.

Building location and orientation also play a big part in creating a passive home.

AVID Property Group has focused on creating communities of energy efficient homes through thoughtful masterplanning and clever design.

AVID general manager Victoria, Peter Vlitas said a home that takes into consideration passive cooling is a priority for both cost-conscious home buyers as well as those looking to reduce their carbon footprint.

He said AVID communities incorporate best practice environmental and sustainability measures such as streetscape planting to provide external shading and buffers against hot winds.

“We work with local and national builders such as Orbit Homes who understand the Victorian climate and build to the conditions.”

Craig Millson, managing director of Orbit Homes says their home designs are tailored to the Australian environment, with a variety of passive cooling elements in every house plan.

“Passive cooling is a critical feature in any home design to promote air circulation and keep the heat out of a home,” said Mr Millson.

“Buying a new home means you’re getting a more advanced design which helps save homeowners energy costs and reduce their environmental impact.

“When purchasing a new home, it is important to look for passive cooling elements such as insulation, a steel frame, window coverings and tinting, light-coloured roofing, orientation on the block and outdoor living space.”