At Light House, we like to get scientific.

We provide integrated science services to optimise the energy efficiency and comfort of your home.

Designing and building a sustainable and liveable home can present significant challenges in Canberra's climate of extremes.


We take a scientific approach to finding solutions that are specific to each site and each project.

Thermal performance modelling during the design stage, and thermal imaging and air leakage testing during construction, are a standard, integrated part of the Light House design and test process for new houses and major renovation/extensions. 

The Light House science team also offer a range of stand-alone energy efficiency services; ideal for people who wish to improve the comfort and efficiency of their home through retrofit measures rather than by making structural changes and doing major renovations. 


Our science services include:


At the design stage, we use second generation EER analysis software tailored to the Canberra region climate zone to predict each home’s heating and cooling requirements and optimise accordingly. We use the exact dimensions, orientation, construction methods and materials, as well as average hourly weather data to calculate how much energy is needed to keep the house comfortable all year round.


During construction, we use thermal imaging to confirm that insulation is installed thoroughly, as well as fan depressurisation to check for air leakage throughout the building envelope. Our rigorous testing ensures that the completed home performs to the standard achieved in our theoretical tests.


We can provide independent, expert advice on improvements to insulation, glazing, air tightness, heating/cooling systems, hot water systems and lighting, plus information regarding the relative benefits and cost of each to your particular home.

These services ensure you spend your limited retrofit budget most effectively and get maximum thermal ‘bang for buck’.


You can download more detailed information about our science services here, or check out the Tried and Tested section of our Q&A.