The force of nature is massive and we need to harness that force for our advantage.
Why build a house that is freezing in winter and boiling hot in summer when with a
little forethought and understanding you could minimise those extremes within and
around your home.
That is why having a good knowledge of your home site or current
home location and the type of weather it experiences is beneficial.
You can then use that knowledge to design your home to suit. You can use all that nature provides you
such as the sun and the wind, the shadows, the trees, rain and the earth etc to your
The judicial location of fencing, wind breaks and wind funnels, shade paths, specific
tree planting designs, watercourses or neighbouring homes, sheds, hot spots etc can
manipulate the prevailing winds or sunshine to your benefit. Using an existing body
of water such as a lagoon or creek or building a dam nearby the home offers you the
ability to improve cooling of the house in summer.
In addition it gives you the ability to increase your interaction with nature. This
has been proven overseas in many studies to significantly improve your health.
Nature provides us with all the necessities to heat and cool our homes. We just need
to know how to manage those attributes. Simply turning your house by only 45 degrees
can give a great effect on the external environment around the home and the
environment inside the home.