TEE

Part 1: Home Exterior

Section 1: Room Orientation

The first thing to consider when buying a home is the orientation of the rooms in relation to the sun. Different strategies are required for each side of the house to maximise thermal energy efficiency.


POOR BEDROOM ORIENTATION: The orientation of your bedrooms is not optimal as none of them face the ideal direction. Without external shutters, shading, or wide eaves, the house lacks features to counteract the poor orientation, which will hinder thermal energy efficiency. It will be necessary to invest in one or all of these solutions mentioned to improve thermal energy efficiency of this home.
FAIR BEDROOM ORIENTATION: Your bedrooms have a fair orientation with a mix of ideal and poor positioning. To improve the orientation, consider adding extra shading such as plants, pergolas, or roll down exterior blinds on windows facing the West.
IDEAL BEDROOM ORIENTATION: The bedrooms have an IDEAL orientation: If all of your rooms face the ideal direction, then your house has an ideal orientation. Having wide eaves will provide additional benefits, and strategically planting shade-providing vegetation is worth considering. However, you won’t need to invest to improve your home’s TEE given its already ideal orientation.
MIXED BEDROOM ORIENTATION: The bedrooms in this home have a MIXED orientation, suggesting a combination of ideal, fair, and poor orientation qualities. Pay close attention to the bedrooms facing north or west and invest in improving their Thermal Energy Efficiency (TEE). Suggestions for improvement include adding external roller blinds, planting shrubs or trees for shading, erecting a pergola with a cover, or growing a deciduous climbing vine to grow over the pergola to provide quality shade during summer and sun during winter.
POOR LIVING AREAS ORIENTATION: The living areas in this home are not optimally oriented as none of the rooms face the ideal direction. Therefore, the orientation of this home is considered POOR. In the absence of external shutters, shading, wide eaves, a verandah or covered pergola to counter the position, you will require additional features to achieve thermal energy efficiencies. Investing in any of these solutions will significantly improve this home’s TEE.
FAIR LIVING AREAS ORIENTATION: The living areas have a FAIR orientation, which means that they have a mix of ideal and poor orientation. However, this orientation can be enhanced with additional shading. To achieve this, consider using plants, pergolas, or roll-down exterior blinds specifically for windows facing the west. By doing so, you improve the quality of your living space and maximize your comfort level.
IDEAL LIVING AREAS ORIENTATION: If your living rooms face a Northerly direction, you are in luck as this house orientation is deemed IDEAL. The advantage is that the living area will receive an ample amount of light with the sun streaming through during the winter months. The summer months will also have sufficient shading.
MIXED LIVING AREAS ORIENTATION: The living areas in this home have a mixed orientation, which implies the presence of a blend of ideal, fair, and poor qualities. There is a need to focus on the poor areas of the house, specifically the living areas that face the West. To enhance these areas, some investments will be required to improve the TEE of this home.
The orientation of your laundry is POOR: None of the rooms are facing the ideal direction. There are no additional features to counter the position and the eaves maybe too narrow. You will need a significant investment to achieve thermal energy efficiencies
The orientation of your laundry is FAIR: None of the rooms are facing the ideal direction. There are no additional features to counter the position and the eaves maybe too narrow. You will need a significant investment to achieve thermal energy efficiencies
The orientation of your laundry is IDEAL: If all rooms are facing the ideal direction – this house orientation is ideal. Wide eaves will be a great advantage, too will be strategic plantings to shade windows facing the north or west or external roll down blinds. Find out more here.
The orientation of your bathrooms is POOR: None of the rooms are facing the ideal direction. There are no additional features to counter the position and the eaves maybe too narrow. You will need a significant investment to achieve thermal energy efficiencies
The orientation of your bathrooms is FAIR: None of the rooms are facing the ideal direction. There are no additional features to counter the position and the eaves maybe too narrow. You will need a significant investment to achieve thermal energy efficiencies
The orientation of your laundry is IDEAL: If all rooms are facing the ideal direction – this house orientation is ideal. Wide eaves will be a great advantage, too will be strategic plantings to shade windows facing the north or west or external roll down blinds. Find out more here.
The orientation of your bedrooms is MIXED: This is indicative of there being a mix of ideal, fair and poor qualities of the home. Focus on the poor areas and what is required to improve these areas. You will need to invest to improve the TEE.
The orientation of your garage is POOR: None of the rooms are facing the ideal direction. There are no additional features to counter the position and the eaves maybe too narrow. You will need a significant investment to achieve thermal energy efficiencies
The orientation of your garage is FAIR: None of the rooms are facing the ideal direction. There are no additional features to counter the position and the eaves maybe too narrow. You will need a significant investment to achieve thermal energy efficiencies
The orientation of your garage is IDEAL: If all rooms are facing the ideal direction – this house orientation is ideal. Wide eaves will be a great advantage, too will be strategic plantings to shade windows facing the north or west or external roll down blinds. Find out more here.

Section 2: House Type

There are a few extra issues to consider when buying a double storey house, in addition to those that are common to all houses. If you are buying a single storey house, you can skip this section.


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Section 3: Roof Type, Cladding and Eaves

The type of roof and roof covering are important considerations.  The pitch of the roof is important for insulation and the cladding is important for temperature penetration.


Your roof pitch is POOR: Low pitch or flat roof expensive to insulate. Greater than 30 degree pitch dangerous to be on
Your roof pitch is FAIR: Cathedral ceiling difficult to insulate
Your roof pitch is IDEAL: Sufficient crawl space inside roof cavity to install insulation.
Your roof cladding is POOR: Concrete tiless are very heavy and absorb heat from the sun which radiates into the ceiling and descents into your home.
Your roof cladding is FAIR: Slate tiles are not very thick but whilst they will absorb a lot of heat during the day they will cool down fairly quickly in the evening.
Your roof cladding is IDEAL: Metal and terracotta tiles will get hot during the day, but both roof coverings will cool down quickly once the sun sets.
Your eaves are POOR
Your eaves are IDEAL: Good covering on the west wall or west windows will greatly improve the TEE of the home

Section 4: Exterior House Colour

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Section 3: Exterior Walls

The type of material your walls are constructed of is a major factor when it comes to your insulation options.


Your external walls are POOR: Double brick walls can become hot and cold as they take time to adjust to normal temperature. Without insulation in the wall cavity of weatherboard or brick veneer houses, it will be uncomfortable in both summer and winter.
Your exterior walls are FAIR: If the insulation in the walls of a weatherboard or brick veneer home is in poor condition you will lose some of your heating and cooling through the walls.
Your exterior walls are IDEAL: Brick Veneer and Weatherboard homes are the most thermally energy efficient when the wall cavity is insulated and the insulation is in good condition.
Your exterior walls are MIXED:

Part 2: Home Interior

Section 1: Ceiling Type

Ceiling insulation is the most important insulation in your home because most transfer of heat occurs through the ceiling and roof. The type of ceiling your house possesses is a key consideration when installing ceiling insulation.


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Section 2: Floor Type

Your floor will affect the energy efficiency of every room in the house, so it’s important to understand the pros and cons of the different types of floor.


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Section 3: Windows

Windows are one of the key elements in any home. There are many different energy efficiency factors and options to consider in relation to your windows, depending on the types of windows that your house possesses.


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Section 4: Doors

Just like windows, it’s vitally important to properly draught-proof doors in order to eliminate draughts in your home. While most doors are broadly similar in terms of energy efficiency issues and solutions, you need to make sure to choose the right kind of draught-proofing for each type of door.


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Part 2: Home Interior

Section 1: Ceiling Type

Ceiling insulation is the most important insulation in your home because most transfer of heat occurs through the ceiling and roof. The type of ceiling your house possesses is a key consideration when installing ceiling insulation.


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