Passive Solar Homes, Renovations and Additions.
Sunergy Design is John Basden's design office specialising in Passive Solar Home Design - for Suburban, Beachside or Rural locations.
Every Sunergy Design home is different because not all home owners want the same thing. If you want something different...
Sunergy Design projects are mostly in the NSW Mid North Coast local area, but projects in the Sydney, Blue Mountains, Central Coast, North Coast, Riverina and Southern Highlands regions show that distance is not a barrier.
In any location 'site specific design' maximises energy efficiency and minimises heating and cooling costs. In this mild coastal climate homes that require NO artificial heating or cooling are not unusual - see photos 5 and 9 below.
Sunergy Design has a comprehensive page on facebook with progress and completion photos of many projects. www.facebook.com/sunergydesign
Projects Featured in Photos at right:
1 + 2: Design 05015 - Hallidays Point NSW.
3: Design 07029 - Mitchells Island NSW.
4: Design 07014- Green Point NSW.
5: Design 06008 - Nabiac NSW.
6: Design 04012 - Hallidays Point NSW.
7 + 8: Design 07010 - Elizabeth Beach NSW.
9: Design 04026 - Elizabeth Beach NSW.
10: Design 07005 - Lorne NSW. (Original photo by Gaven Whalley)
11 + 12: Small House Concept - Gloucester NSW. Summer and Winter noon sun angles shown. (Autodesk Revit software images)
13 + 14: Design 08009 - Nabiac NSW.
What is Passive Solar Design?
Passive Solar Design principles shape a home to suit seasonal variation in sun angles. Summer shade and Winter solar warmth are used to help maintain a comfortable interior.
Any house can be made 'Greener' by adding equipment to it later, but simple design concepts make a house 'require' less energy for comfort in the first place.
What is Thermal Mass?
Once inside the building, some of the warmth needs to be absorbed by Thermal Mass, otherwise the building will quickly cool down again once the sun sets. Thermal Mass is anything that can capture and store warmth.
An energy efficient home can be designed to suit virtually any location, but a well orientated site does make more options available.
Sunergy Design undertakes 'Site Analysis Visits' for clients to better understand the possibilities and any limitations of their property - and also offers this service to those planning to buy a 'project' home.
The NSW Government's mandatory Basix Certificate is prepared in-house to allow optimisation of water consumption, thermal comfort and energy efficiency. Supply of the Basix Certificate is a standard part of the plan package.
Residential, Semi - Rural or Rural Location
Different locations demand different solutions to home design, even with identical topography and orientation.
Australian Standard AS 3959-2009 - Building in Bushfire Prone Areas is rigourously applied to new buildings by our local Councils and the NSW Rural Fire Service.
(Australia's country towns are filled with houses built before the rules came into effect, but there are many simple safety upgrades that can be carried out on existing buildings. The NSW Rural Fire Service website, www.rfs.nsw.gov.au/ has a huge array of information and advice available for public download.)
Flat, Sloping or Steep Blocks
An energy efficient home can be based on any subfloor structure, from flat slab to pole construction. Modern construction methods and materials now allow very efficient homes to be built nearly anywhere - if you like the view, it can be done.
John Basden is a Member of Building Designers Australia - NSW
John Basden is a Member of the Alternative Technology Association, and offers a fee discount to other members. (See www.ata.org.au/ for details)
Sunergy Design is a Sustainable Business Partner of Great Lakes Council.
Sunergy Design Information Sheets describing the design process for new homes and renovations, a 'wishlist' for project size calculation and a standard fee schedule can be emailed to you - or simply ring for a chat about your project.