Nature has its way of cooling your home so you don’t need to rely so much on air conditioners. It’s called natural ventilation. It’s free and is not harmful to the environment. Here are 4 ways how BluHomes Breeze, an eco-friendly townhouse development in Amparo Caloocan, used natural ventilation to achieve a cool and comfortable home.
1. Casement Windows w/ Insect Screen
The problem with a typical sliding window is that when you want to open one side, the other side needs to close. Only 50% of the window opening will be opened. To take advantage of natural ventilation, we need to maximize the window opening so more air outside will be able to enter the house.
That is why casement windows are used in BluHomes Breeze. These windows are 100% openable, and its arms, when fully-swung outwards, can act like scoops for the breeze passing outside to be funneled inside the house. Also, to encourage the homeowners to open their windows, insect screens are provided on all openable windows.
2. Full Screen Doors
Aside from the solid wooden doors at the front and rear of BluHomes Breeze, these doors are also provided with full screen doors. These are aluminum doors installed at the front door and rear door that are fully-screened. This will allow natural ventilation to pass through the house, from front to back, cooling the house naturally and taking advantage of the free air provided by nature.
3. Cross Ventilation
Believe it or not, no matter how big your window is, air will not pass through your room if it is only on one side. There needs to be an opening on another side for air outside to pass through your room. This is cross ventilation.
To maximize cross ventilation, the rooms in BluHomes Breeze are provided with interior windows that are facing the hallway. This will allow air outside to enter from the exterior windows of the room and exit to these interior windows. And, at the highest ceiling of the house on top of the stairs, there are high openable windows for these breezes to exit the house. This allows for natural breeze to move freely within the house to cool it.
4. Attic Ventilation
The attic is the area of the house in between the roof and the second floor ceiling. This is the hottest portion of the house because it receives all the heat coming from the roof. In ordinary homes, the attic is not sufficiently ventilated so all the heat in this area will pass through the ceiling and into the house, making the second floor warm and uncomfortable.
The attic of BluHomes Breeze is fully ventilated by providing the roof eaves with slots or holes. This will allow for the heat to exit to the outside instead of passing through the ceiling and into the house.
Natural ventilation doesn’t just make the house cooler and more comfortable, it also makes the house eco-friendly. Since their homes are already cooler, the homeowner will be able to use less air-conditioners and electric fans, reduce their energy consumption, lower their electric bills, and reduce their carbon emissions that contributes to global warming. These types of homes are what we need for the future.
Learn more about BluHomes Breeze, an eco-friendly townhouse development in Amparo Caloocan, at www.bluhomes.ph/breeze.
In the Philippines, we don’t want the heat outside to go inside our homes. Otherwise, we end up using air-conditioners that consume lots of energy and contribute to carbon emissions that warm the Earth. The way to prevent that is by insulation.
Insulation is the process of preventing unwanted temperatures outside to enter through the roof and exterior walls of the house, or what engineers call the building envelope. In the Philippines, this is by preventing heat from passing thought the roof and exterior walls of our house. Here are 4 ways how BluHomes Breeze, a townhouse in Amparo Caloocan, used insulation to make the house cooler and eco-friendly.
1. Super Insulated Roof
BluHomes Breeze uses magnesium oxide roof that is 1/4" thick and has a white reflective film on the exposed side. Magnesium oxide is a type of material that has very high insulating properties. When the roof receives heat of 40°C on its exterior side, it will only be 30°C on the inside, making the house cooler and more comfortable.
2. Insulated Exterior Wall
The exterior walls at BluHomes Breeze are insulated. Aside from the 6” thick concrete hollow blocks, it also has a 1/4" thick magnesium oxide board insulation on the inner side of the exterior walls, same material as the roof. This prevents heat from penetrating through the exterior walls.
3. Light Colors
Same is true for the homes. The lighter the color of the exterior walls, the less heat is absorbed and the cooler the house gets. That is why the colors of the façade of BluHomes Breeze are mostly white with accents of very light colors.
That is the reason why the front yard of BluHomes Breeze is planted with grass instead of concrete, and its sidewalk is made up of perforated paver blocks with grass to reduce the amount of concrete outside the house. This makes the surroundings of the house cooler.
Insulating the house doesn’t just make the house cooler. It also makes the house eco-friendly. Since their homes are already cooler, the homeowner will be able to use less air-conditioners and electric fans, reduce their energy consumption, lower their electric bills, and reduce their carbon emissions that warm our Earth.
These types of homes are what we need in the future.
Learn more about BluHomes Breeze, an eco-friendly townhouse development in Amparo Caloocan, at www.aztala.com/bluhomesbreeze.
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