Bricks and thermal mass and how these are related to building your passive home in Perth.

Building a passive solar home doesn’t mean compromising on style!

Bricks can be used for a range of reasons, first and foremost it has wonderful aesthetic appeal! This choice of brick pictures was chosen for our 9.4 star passive home currently underway in Hilton, WA and will suit those heritage Fremantle feels just beautifully. Beyond this it has key role to play in relation to thermal mass. This is going to be important for keeping those heating and cooling energy bills as low as possible.  

So, what exactly is thermal mass and why is it important for a passive home?

Thermal mass is the ability of a material to absorb and store heat energy and then re-release that heat energy. Bricks are high density and hence have high thermal mass. This means it takes a lot of heat energy to change their temperature. If thermal mass is not considered for your passive solar home, you may find a very uncomfortable living environment as it can magnify the negative effects of any extreme weather such as storing then radiating heat in walls during summer when you want the home to be cool and in the case of this build maximizing the great benefits of the ‘Fremantle Doctor.’

Thermal mass is not a substitute for insulation, but when used with other passive principals such as orientation, it definitely is a piece of the puzzle in building your passive solar home.

As you can see there is no one sole item that will make your energy efficient passive home, it’s a combination of things done right. You will want to make sure your builder has a lot of experience in this area and has done it many times before.

Look no further!  If you are looking to build a solar passive home in Perth, choose MK Building Solutions – Your #1 Solar Passive Builder. We have the knowledge, we have the experience, we have the dedication and we have the passion.

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