Consider the position of the sun in relation to your house throughout the day and year. This will help ensure best placement of your home on your land and the most efficient building design.
It’s important to ensure living areas are north facing. During summer, when the sun is higher in the sky, the sun should be excluded from living areas by appropriately sized eaves. In the winter, when the sun is lower in the sky, the sun will be able to enter living areas and your family can enjoy the mild winter sun.
Reduce exposure to the hot western sun by minimising window size, installing wider eaves, insulating walls and shading the western side of the house (eg. plant trees and install vertical awnings).
Check the travel of the sun and locate outdoor living areas away from afternoon summer sun.
Study weather data to work out the direction of summer breezes and make the most of natural ventilation to reduce your reliance on air conditioning. You can also install windows and doors to capture prevailing cross breezes.
Where can I get more information?
Our booklet, The energy sense home (PDF 4.9 mb), provides advice on simple choices to help you make your new home the best it can be.
Visit the Queensland Government's Smart and sustainable homes information on the best way to orientate your home and how to create a sun path diagram for your home.
Visit the YourHome website to find more tips on how to orientate your home and save energy and money.