We’re seeing a greater uptake of building wraps and efforts towards air tight building envelopes than ever before. Done well, the new breathable membranes available can put control over when a building breathes back in the hands of the occupant. In Canberra’s harsh climate that means allowing fewer draughts (hot or cold), and better cross ventilation at times that it is desirable. As the wraps are more widely used, their install is getting better and better, and the process of sealing a building is becoming easier.
The increase in the level of air tightness in our buildings is a good thing in terms of control and building function, but it can lead to problems when not handled correctly, particularly with humidity and condensation. Going back to basics to ensure correct building orientation, and quality window choices and placement, is paramount.
Q: Are you seeing an increase in demand for sustainable products/design?
SB: Absolutely. We are run off our feet trying to keep up with new clients looking for the right person to help them navigate the world of environmentally responsive architecture and make sure they get both the house they want, and one they will be comfortable in. We always recommend clients meet with several designers to find the right fit for them, and we always recommend moving forward with a strong climate responsive design.