Another bad practice has been our desire to construct out of double brick for so long. There are few if any temperate climates in the world apart from Perth where double brick is the main form of wall construction. Now with 6 Star rating it’s starting to show its weaknesses. The National Construction Code calls for cavity wall insulation to stop heat transfer through the wall when designing to deem to comply standards. A more efficient construction method in our climate is reverse brick veneer. This means brickwork on the inside providing thermal mass in winter and timber frame on the outside protecting the walls from adverse temperature on the outside. If you are building a two-story home then perhaps look at locating all bedrooms to the first floor. Construct this floor entirely of timber frame, insulate it well and it will be a much more comfortable, allowing the building to cool in the evening in summer just like the Khmer house in Cambodia. As timber is an insulator which means the building will not experience as much heat loss in winter to stay cozy and warm.
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