We learn how to drive a car, but have we learned how to operate our homes. Le Corbusier described our homes as the machine for living in, but most of us don’t understand how to adapt our homes to our everyday requirements.

Our homes are an envelope, wrapped our us to shelter us from the elements, shade us from the sun, contain the heat when it's cold, and create a microclimate for us to comfortably reside in. But so much of our housing stock fails to create the opportunity for that microclimate to be created, let alone be understood.

Homes need to provide opportunities for the sun's heat to be capture. They need to provide the systems to block that heat when required. They need to allow carbon dioxide to be filtered from our spaces, they also need to allow water vapor, given off by our breathing and other activities to be removed. They need to provide cooling when we want it as well as perform the other basic activities like shelter, provision of water, food storage, and cooking.

When you break down the requirements of a home, suddenly it becomes apparent that these systems and requirements are seldom discussed, but yet are key to our reason for building and buying a home in the first place.

We need to understand how our homes work and for that we need to stop thinking of them in terms of rooms with names and start understanding that home really is a machine that we live in. As an Architectural Designer here in the Waikato, its part of my role to educate people on how their homes work and how they could work better. 


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