Home Design Guides: Climate control

How does thermal insulation work

How does insulation work?

Different types of insulation work in different ways to help control the way heat and sound travel through your home.

what type of insulation is right

How to choose insulation

Different sorts of insulation vary in terms of how effective they are at controlling heat and sound, how they can be installed and how much they cost. Find out what's right for your home.

Insulation & passive design

Effective insulation plays a starring role in how well a house is able to separate the climate inside from that outside - and is therefore a critical part of passive house design and climate control.

Types of thermal insulation

Types of thermal insulation

There are all kinds of options when it comes to thermal insulation. Find out what sorts of insulation are available, and what's likely to suit your house.

Insulation for different areas

Find out what sort of insulation is required in different parts of your home, and why. Learn more about roof, wall, under-floor, door and window insulation.

What's a sustainable home?

What's a sustainable home?

Pinning down exactly what constitutes a ‘sustainable home’ isn't easy - but understanding the kinds of things that really matter will help you go a long way towards building one.

Principles of passive design

Principles of passive design

Passive house design involves controlling the climate in a home - and there's a lot more to it than just making sure you have enough insulation or that you have double glazing.

Climate control and passive design

The main purpose of passive design is to reduce the need for artificial heating and cooling - which often requires a lot of energy. Find out more about climate control measures for passively designed houses.

Roof design

A home's roof plays a huge role in how effectively it's heated and cooled. A roof that's designed with the house's position and climate in mind can vastly improve how the climate in your home is regulated.

Wall design

The walls of your home can represent a significant amount of mass, and depending on how they're positioned can be used to either collect heat from the sun or prevent it from heating your home.

Floor design

Floors - especially concrete slab floors which can absorb a lot of heat during the day - can be used to great effect when it comes to designing for passive heating and cooling in a house.

Door and window design

Doors and windows are easily the weakest links in your home when it comes to passive design. Find out how you can control heat gain, heat loss and air infiltration through and around doors and windows.

Heating and cooling management

Heaters and air conditioners can easily account for most of your energy consumption if you allow them to. Find out what you can do to minimise the need for artificial heating and cooling, and to reduce your consumption.

Types of heating

There are many different ways to keep warm - and many practical differences between different types of heater.

Ventilation: what you need to know

Ventilation: what you need to know

There are a few important performance considerations you need to understand in order to get your head around how home ventilation should work.

Ventilation checklist

Ventilation checklist


Different technologies to cool your home

Cooling technologies differ hugely in terms of their initial and running costs, environmental impact, and how effectively they actually cool the air in your home. What's right for your place?

Double glazing

What are double glazed windows?

  • Reduces heat transfer very effectively
  • Excellent acoustic insulation
  • Costs much more than single glazing
Low-e glass

Low-e glass

  • Improves solar and thermal control
  • Reduces UV transmission
  • Relatively expensive
  • Can reduce solar heat gain in winter
Cassette air conditioner

Types of cooling

Cooling your home doesn’t necessarily mean installing powered air conditioning units.