Grand Designs Australia

Grand Designs Australia trends: Eco homes

We explore some of the biggest trends in Australian home design with Grand Designs Australia host, Peter Maddison.

Some people may think that having an eco-friendly home means you have to compromise on style, but Peter Maddison disagrees. So, what are the secrets to getting it right? Some of the architects and builders from this season of Grand Designs Australia share their tips.

Great insulation

Nabil Adhami, the architect of the Rivett home, says the key to designing an eco-friendly home is to think about the climate. "Making use of natural ventilations and making sure the siting and openings of the house are suited to the microclimate conditions to get the most out of the building," he says. 

The Rivett home has no heating or cooling and utlises thermal mass, good sun penetration from the north-facing courtyard and the natural insulation from being buried undergound to remain comfortable through the seasons. 

Selecting the best materials

While Eddie and Dot's Euroa home was very large, it's clever use of materials helped the build achieve a high thermal rating. 

The home also combats the extremes of this environment in passive ways such as having forethought in the site orientation, providing light into spaces when needed. 

Watch Grand Designs Australia Wednesday 8.30pm on Lifestyle or On Demand.

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