An power environment friendly house is a wholesome house

Reimagined Habitat passive home design.

In his month-to-month column, MICHAEL DRAGE, founding father of Reimagined Habitat, says thermal stability in our houses/workplaces is a key ingredient in serving to our well being.

It’s all about thermal consolation. Our our bodies work finest between 20-25C and once we get exterior of this we go into stress. 

The additional away from this vary, the larger the stress, each bodily and mentally. So thermal stability in our houses/workplaces is a key ingredient in serving to our well being.

Consider it or not, extra Australians die of chilly than warmth, and extra die of chilly than in Sweden. And it’s largely due to our houses. 

Michael Drage, founding father of Reimagined Habitat.

I met with some individuals who grew up in Europe at Showroom Canberra lately they usually all talked about how chilly and uncomfortable they felt of their Australian houses. Nevertheless it doesn’t need to be like that.

One woman I spoke to had constructed a Passive Home and it has remodeled her life. 

The one requirement she had for the design was to be “heat and comfy”. After rising up in poverty and by no means being heat she couldn’t cease speaking about how she wears shorts and T-shirts in winter and the way completely happy her household was. It was stunning to listen to her story.

Governments world wide are incorporating power requirements for renters to cope with well being points. For Australia, take a look at for extra info.

There are such a lot of suggestions and methods to speak about, however that is simply on shading:


  • Discover methods to get extra solar into the house in winter, after which shut it in by way of good drapes as soon as the solar goes down.
  • For summer time, be sure you have horizontal shading choices to the north and vertical shading choices to the east and west. Don’t let the warmth come inside in any respect, not even on the curtains – it’s one of the simplest ways to maintain cool.
  • Deciduous bushes and vines are improbable choices.
  • Examine our web site for the “reimagined balcony” for options utilizing easy reed panels.
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  • Make certain your shading is versatile to get solar in winter and hold it out in summer time. 
  • Al frescos with stable roofs to the north are nice in summer time, however you’ll freeze in winter.

One other subject for the longer term is how biophilic design may enhance psychological well being. 

Extra detailed info on this may be discovered on the weblog web page of our web site.

Thanks to all of the readers who contacted me concerning final month’s subject on airtightness. Preserve the questions coming in, we love serving to folks improve or construct higher houses!

For any questions, feedback or queries, please electronic mail us at [email protected] or name me on 0419 391282.

Reimagined Habitat are Passive Home and power environment friendly house designers.



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