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Building orientation is the practice of facing a building to maximise its natural surroundings by capturing scenic views, enhancing street appeal and capitalising on the sun’s free energy.
When selecting a floor plan, the best way to maximise sun and light is to ensure high traffic living and dining areas face the north while service areas (such as a toilet bathroom or garage) should be located on the south side.
The size and placement of windows and doors should also be considered. As a general rule, use large north-facing windows to make the most of the winter sun and summer shade, with moderate east-facing windows to maximise the morning sun, design west windows to target the afternoon sun, and keep south windows smaller.
Good insulation and the right glazing will help regulate your home’s internal temperature, control glare, and reduce energy costs.
If your chosen site isn’t ideal for catching the sun (i.e. a south-sloping block), Generation Homes can make variations to some standard house plans to maximise the sun’s warmth and light. This can be achieved by using north-facing clerestory windows or alternate glazing. A clerestory is a high section of a wall or roof above the eye level that is fitted with windows to enhance natural light and fresh air.
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