Take orientation into account
Ensuring that all your daytime living areas are north-facing will mean these areas are soaked in sun during the winter months, and kept cool during summer.
Shade structures provide welcome relief from the harsh, summer sun.
Homes should also be correctly oriented on the block to minimise unwanted, low angle sun from the east and west during summer.
An additional way to reduce heat intrusion from the western side of your home is to install an exterior shade structure.
If you are building a new home, another option worth considering is extended eaves.
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