Design: Design your house to make the most of the heat provided by the low winter sun. Shade windows from direct sunlight in summer to avoid excessive heat gain. Find out more from Smarter Homes passive cooling.
Lifestyle: your lifestyle will affect your home and insulation needs. Think about how much time you will be spending at home? What are your household members' needs? - for example, it is recommended that homes with young children living in them have an minimum temperature of 22ºC.
Plan for insulation
R-values: When building a new home, you need to specify the level of insulation at the planning stage. As a general rule, try and install insulation with the highest R-values possible.
Invest initially: It will always be more difficult and expensive to increase insulation later, so it pays to put in as much as you can afford the first time. A small extra cost at the beginning will lead to savings over the long term. You will enjoy much greater comfort and energy efficiency.
Insulation types: The design and construction of your home will also affect the specific types of insulation you can use, and where the insulation can be placed.
Expert advice: Your builder or architect will advise you on your homes requirements.