Modern high-end residential architects offer clients the option of green building designs. Indeed, the conventional architectural designs are no longer sufficient, as the designs of today must still be relevant 20-30 years from now.
With the above in mind, high-end residential architects who are focussed on green building designs and principles cannot ignore the importance of energy efficiency of the buildings they design. Features, such as solar panels or the use of wind power are certainly beneficial, but they are not the priorities when it comes to green designs. As such, high-end residential architects, although their designs may include the above, start with designs focussed on aspects such as proper insulation, and passive heat gain and cooling features.
Proper insulation of the building is essential for energy efficiency. Even with the entire roof covered in solar panels, if the walls and windows facilitate heat and moisture loss, then the house cannot be energy efficient. A home designed with the majority of its windows facing north in South Africa benefits from passive solar energy with an overall reduction of energy usage.
That said – simply having windows facing north is not enough. If not properly designed, the house can easily become too hot during the summer months. This, in turn, can mean an increase in the energy needed to cool down the house during the warmer summer period. The optimal design is one that ensures a cool home during the summer months and a warm house during the winter period, without having to rely heavily on technologies such as under-floor heating or air conditioning to ensure optimal temperature control.
Highly efficient homes are ones that require minimal energy for climate control, lighting, and powering of appliances. The idea is also to reduce expenses. If you want such an energy-efficient home, you will thus want to make use of experienced and well-qualified, high-end residential architects, such as JK Designs, with a proven track record in green designs.
Also important in modern residential architecture is the focus on flexible home designs. Provision must be made for changes in lifestyles. The family can start out with just a husband and wife. They then have children and pretty soon they have a family of five. Eighteen years later, and the first child is off to university. A few years later, the youngest child leaves the nest and the living needs of the family change. Several years later, grandchildren are added to the picture, and holiday visits become part of the routine.
What it boils down to is that the house must be designed in such a way so as to ensure that changes in the family’s size and needs should not go hand-in-hand with the need for major renovations.
If you are looking for high-end residential architects who understand the above and other principles of modern home design, look no further than our professional team located in Pretoria.