SELECTING A BLOCK OF LAND

It is crucial that your land is able to facilitate your energy efficient dwelling without too many limitations.  Often building sites are much smaller than they used to be which is a limitation in itself.  Often there is not the luxury to face the house where it would be thermally most ideal.   There are many factors to consider.

Microclimates – Due to vegetation, topology, topography, water bodies, etc. the position of the land may display beneficial or detrimental elements.  E.g being stuck between 2 hills would affect the direction and strength of breezes.  Having a lake between you and cooling breezes would provide a positive effect on cooling your house in summer.

Obstructions – Other building or large trees could affect the shading and solar access of a new dwelling.  With smaller lot sizes there are limitations especially when the obstructions are on north.

Orientation – On some lots, it is difficult to orientate your dwelling to north.  Ideally, it should be possible to face a large orientation of the dwelling directly towards north without large obstructions.  Ideally, this same orientation would provide privacy and a location for living areas.  Outdoor living should also be factored in, as a north and/or east facing outdoor living area is ideal.

For your new home, engage us before you sign on your land.

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