6 Design Elements to Keep Your House Cool

Summer has well and truly arrived in Australia. This heat is an excellent reminder to buyers that when you choose to build, you can incorporate design elements that will keep the temperature down in your new home.

Here are our top 6 design elements to consider when you start your new home journey:

Air conditioning and ceiling fans

If you live in Queensland, this one is a no-brainer inclusion. One of the many benefits of building your own home is the ability to choose high-quality and energy-efficient appliances that are positioned exactly where you need them.

Strategically positioned glazed windows

Windows are one of the weakest points in the home when it comes to unwanted heat gain. Opting for double-glazed windows that use toned glass or tinted films will reduce the amount of heat that enters. When designing your new home, strategically position these windows to allow for cross ventilation and fresh air travelling through the home.

Light-coloured steel roofs

A light-coloured steel roof will be far more heat resistant than a dark coloured tile roof. High-quality steel roofing will reflect more of the sun’s heat on hot days, which can reduce your reliance on air conditioning.

High R-value insulation

Insulation serves as a crucial thermal barrier to heat in your ceilings, walls and floors. ‘R-value’ refers to the thermal resistance of the insulation barrier, so the higher the value, the more your home will be able to withstand the summer heat.

Utilise thermal mass

Materials such as bricks, concrete, stone and even some modern lightweight build products have high thermal mass as they take a long time to heat up. These materials will store the heat they absorb during the day and keep it from entering the home.

Shade the windows

While glazed windows are an excellent and effective method for keeping heat out of the home, you can always add an extra level of protection using external shading options. For rooms that get extra sun throughout the day, consider adding awnings, louvres, external blinds, or privacy screens to the windows. Even trees or hedges will assist with keeping the harsh sun rays from hitting windows and heating up the interior of the home.


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