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Passive Solar Home design in the Greater Tamworth Region of NSW

Many Australians living around Gunnedah, Manilla, and Tamworth areas are thinking about Sustainability and a long term energy efficient way to live and operate their home. This is called Passive Solar Home Design.

Passive Solar design has a few determining factors.

Firstly, the definition, passive design uses natural energy flows (sun and wind) to maintain the most comfortable indoor environment possible for a building for the climate in which it’s located. In North Western NSW the orientation to always face your Eco friendly home is NORTH.  North East is ok, but North gives you the best outcome. 

Secondly, the terms ‘passive design’, ‘solar design’ and ‘passive solar design’ are generally used interchangeably.

Thirdly, the parts: the design considerations required to achieve a passive solar building are:

  • Orientation
  • Zoning
  • Thermal mass
  • Shading
  • Insulation
  • Ventilation
  • Glazing

Traditionally these passive solar homes were designed to operate without mechanical cooling and often no heating either (depending on location).

Using a variety of great building products to support this method of building is also key to creating a liveable home environment. 

The overall cost is higher to build but the ongoing costs are far less.

Why would I build a Passive House in Tamworth?

  • Year round thermal comfort
  • High indoor air quality
  • Increased resilience during heat waves (building takes much longer to heat up)
  • Improved acoustics
  • Ridiculously low energy consumption
  • Dust free, bug free interior
  • Blower door test guarantees I got what I paid for; i.e. construction quality

Why would I not build a Passive House?

  • I enjoy ‘feeling the seasons’ and being a bit too cool or hot doesn’t worry me
  • I (almost) never close my doors
  • Currently costs 3-8 percent more upfront
  • Requires more time and thought to design


Why we know you should give Passive Solar Living a thought, and action.


Kareela Constructions Tamworth is a local family owned business with many years experience in all aspects of building and construction, with Energy efficiency as one of the things that are close to our heart. We believe in building homes that are sustainable and homes that are here for the long haul. That’s why we have studied and achieved our Greensmart Certification.

Kareela’s owner and builder, Craig Martin, has supervised and constructed many a Greensmart home, focusing on ensuring the environment and natural elements of the location are factored into the build. 

Sometimes budget can be an issue in these situations, but together Kareela and the clients can work through any issues to create a home that has that passive solar sustainability and natural connection to the environment.

To find out more about Passive Solar Home design and becoming more sustainable,  why not give Contact Us

Craig Martin 0415 074 578