Cross ventilation improves natural indoor air quality and comfort.
Natural light reduces the need for heating and lighting which improves comfort and wellbeing.
Less artificial light provides energy savings.
Discuss the orientation and floorplan of your home with your builder.
Australians spend on average 90 percent of their time indoors. And with indoor environments having a direct impact on our wellbeing and our health, it is important to ensure a good indoor environment quality in both our homes and offices. In fact, the CSIRO has estimated that the cost of poor internal air quality in Australia may be as high as $12 billion per year due to mental and physical ill-health and lost production. Those most at risk are people with weak immune systems, including children and the elderly. While most will only ever experience medium health effects such as headaches or tiredness, others may suffer more serious health effects due to “sick” buildings.
The quality of an indoor environment (e.g. a room) is commonly defined through the following main factors: