Is your house too hot during the summer? An overheated office is quickly becoming a hot home. During the pandemic, up to 30% of workers in the UK worked from home, compared to barely 5% in 2019. On the other hand, working is difficult if you live in an area that heats up in the summer. According to a recent government assessment on climate concerns, health and productivity will suffer unless houses can be kept cool in the summer and heated in the winter.

Air conditioning alone could contribute to a 0.5°C rise in global temperature by 2100. The Passivhaus Trust promotes Passivhaus-certified buildings that are both energy-efficient and livable. According to John Palmer of the Passivhaus Trust, the government aims to build 300,000 new homes every year, all of which must be built to withstand the heat without the use of energy-intensive air conditioning.

Mr. Palmer added that exterior shutters or overhangs that provide shade in the summer but don’t block light in the winter when the sun is low in the sky are a better option for someone’s property.