ECO HOME DESIGN FEATURES

Mouse over the dots on the house below to find out more about the eco design features of Novare Architecture homes.

Tap the dots on the house below to find out more about the eco design features of Novare Architecture homes.

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Accessibility

Level access is for the main entryway and can be incorporated for all external doors.

Heating & Cooling

Passive solar design elements are utilised throughout Novare homes. The use of thermal mass floors, along with various other solar design elements provides consistent indoor temperatures and minimises the need for powered heating and cooling.

Thermal Mass

Indoor temperatures are regulated through the use of partially exposed concrete floors to store summer heat for release through the winter months.

Shape

Designs are optimised for North facing exposure to allow sun deep into the interior or living rooms and bedrooms.

Orientation

Homes are oriented East-West with a tilt of up to 20 degrees towards the West for maximum solar gain.

Ventilation

Strategic sash placement creates natural cross ventilation in the home, allowing for outside airflow throughout the home.

Roof spaces are vented and air lock entry spaces are available as a design option.

Insulation

Warm in winter, cool in summer – Novare Architecture home utilise wall, floor and roof insulation far exceeds NZ building code requirements.

Shelter & Shading

Overhanging eaves and slatted shade screens provide protection from summer overheating. Verandahs, slatted shade screens and pergolas create sheltered spaces allowing for year-round outdoor living.

Glazing

Full height double glazed windows are maximised on North-facing walls, minimised on East, South and West walls.