Passive cooling? I may have heard of him!
Generally speaking, passive cooling is a building design strategy that focuses on heat gain control and heat dissipation. Passive cooling is also a method that does not require a mechanical device to regulate the temperature in or around the home.
New build, no problem!
If you are planning on building a new house, the building designer, the architect or/and the building engineer would assist you to achieve the minimum requirement of 6 stars or higher rating with exciting new tech and automations.
I have an existing home that I love!
But what can be done to an existing or older building? Actually, a lot! Below is a list of some of the components you can add to an existing property to assist with cooling in our tropical paradise:
- Replace your windows with double glazed windows or use awnings or other shade structure to keep the sun from overheating your home.
- Find ways to shade walls that are exposed to direct sunlight. A range of sun hardy creeper plants or installation of shade cloth can greatly change the heat absorption of western walls.
- Wind-powered roof vents or solar-powered roof vents can assist wit the airflow and less heat retention in the roof space for houses with sufficient roof pitch.
- Paint the exterior of your home in light colours. If you wish to create striking contrast or exterior feature walls, take into consideration the position of your building and the sun exposure of the dark walls. Not only the heat absorption of dark colours is greater, but the colour retention is poorer too.
- Apply a heat-reflective coating to your roof or shed. With sun radiated heat reflection of up to 90% and ambient temperature decrease by up to 100 C, modern-day heat-reflective coatings assist with cooling costs and comfort in the home. Our award-winning Roofguard branded roof coating is the only polyurethane heat-reflective paint in the Australian market, and it is manufactured in Sydney.
Make a few notes and call us today to find out how you can cool your home!