Design considerations – The importance of shade

Vernacular architecture is a design consideration to suit local needs, tradition, materials and climate.

With weather conditions becoming so variable, designing buildings to suit climate, is becoming more and more tricky.

Typically, we would consider the means of providing natural light to a building, against the impact that may have on solar gain and overheating, to create a design that provides optimal thermal comfort to the end user.

Things that affect our design approach include building orientation and the desired aesthetic of the elevation (e.g. quantity of glazing).

Extended roof overhangs, brise soleils, retractable canopy/awnings or even landscaping are often the solutions we look to, to provide shade to a sunny elevation.

Thermal comfort and reduction of running costs are big boxes to tick during our design stage which is why we often carry out sun studies on our extensive projects.

If you’d like to find out ways to make your house cooler, during these peak summer temperatures, consider how you can throw down some shade!


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