Hi, I'm building a house in Sydney (as an extra floor on an existing house) and want to design it on passive solar principles. I'm new here from the UK, so don't know the climate very well (but liking what I've seen so far!) so not sure how much passive or active heating I may want in winter (Does it ever get cold?)
The living space is north facing with lots of glass, and a deck area outside it.
The house is built on a suspended slab so will have some thermal mass. Should I keep this exposed or will bamboo floor be OK?
Do I want big eaves on the North side, or an adjustable canopy, or sailcloth or a louvred canopy?
And what about the East & West (which obviously have smaller windows) - big eaves or moveable canopy, or.....?
(Posted this in the wrong forum before - now moved it here.)