ENERGY EFFICIENT HOME DESIGN
Energy efficient homes specifically designed for your site and your requirements. Your customised Balance Home is truly living in harmony with the environment.
Large windows along the north-face allow winter sun to stream into
our energy efficient Balance Homes. This warms the thermal mass incorporated in the concrete
raft slab and solid internal walls, providing passive heat.
Fig 1.0: Illustrates the angle of the sun on the winter
solstice (June 22) which floods into the living areas of Balance
In Summer, louvred canopies and eaves provide shading in all Balance
Home designs. South windows encourage air to flow from the cool side of
the house and escape out of the high openings on the north side.
Southern courtyards with the cool rainwater storage and garden area
(possibly with a water feature) create a cool zone that opens on
to the kitchen/living area.
Fig 2.0: Illustrates the angle of the sun on the Summer
Solstice (December 22) indicating the Balance Home is fully shaded.
Roof vents help Balance Homes "breathe" and not only
cool the house in summer but create a ventilated, dry and healthy
environment. Layered roof construction of Colorbond corrugated iron
lined with 50mm building blanket, an air space then R4 bulk insulation and
a gyprock ceiling maximises insulation and ventilation. A north-facing
roof wing provides for the solar water heater and photovoltaic solar
All external layered walls have double insulation, including bulk insulating batts, sisalation and Air Cell. External wall cladding options include Hebel Power Panel, cement sheet, corrugated iron, mini-orb and Eco-ply.
Internal wall construction can include;
- Solid plastered concrete brick
- 90mm timber frame with bulk insulation
- Other solid feature walling eg stone/rammed earth
Energy efficient windows in Balance Homes incorporate timber frames
or aluminium framing with thermal breaks. Smart Glass or double
glazing allows sunlight in during the day but reduces the amount
of heat escaping from the living areas in winter.
Rainwater collected through a dry system to a series of filters
linked to a 22,500-litre storage tank can be plumbed under pressure
to the home. There is provision for extra water storage in Balance
SOLAR WATER HEATING & ELECTRICITY GENERATION
Solar water heaters are standard in Balance Homes and clients have
the option of installing photovoltaic panels.
HOUSE ENERGY RATING
Balance Homes independently assessed using the 'First Rate’ house energy rating system have achieved 8 and 9 stars.