Building a new home requires a lot of considerations not the least of which is the materials you will build with. The environment and location of your home plays a major part in which materials and use and where. The aspect will dictate the best place for certain materials as well as which elements will go where. Your architectural designer will be able to assist you with the best place to locate your home and give your recommendations about it should be built of depending on your climate.

Glass is one of the most versatile of building materials as it not only allows light to enter into the building but it also the opportunity for many architectural accents. Glass not allows light to enter but also warmth, however it does not hold heat like other materials so the use of it needs to be countered with complementary materials to ensure your home does not end up cold. Particularly important when you are building in cooler climates.

Concrete is also another diverse product which not only absorbs heat but also releases it slowly as the temperature outside cools down helping to maintain a balance of warmth in your home. It's a great counter balance to glass and positioning it in your home when the sun can reach it during the day and release it in the evening. The floor is an obvious choice as well as walls that may be subject to strong southerly winds.

Insulation is another vital component of ensuring that your home is perfect for your climate, if you live in a country that has primarily cooler weather ensuring adequate warmth during the winter months is important to the overall comfort of the people who will be living there. Additionally if you live where the weather is primarily hot and sunny having a well ventilated house to allow good circulation of air to keep you cool and your architectural designer will be able to ensure these design elements are included.

Solar Panels being incorporated into your building plans are also something to discuss with your architectural designer, this will be extremely beneficial for houses in warm sunny climates but also for those in other parts of the country as it helps reduce your power consumption by utilising natural resources.

Your architectural designer will be able to recommend many of the best building materials for your section, aspect and climate to maximise the natural assets such as sunshine, and minimise the negative one's such as wind.


Source by Ian M MacDonald


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