You’ve chosen to make your home better.
If you don’t know where to start, this is the page for you.
FIRST THINGS FIRST
We’ll provide general hints & tips to help you make your home more comfortable by
increasing comfort in five areas: look and feel, sound, temperature, clean air and savings. More on this later...
Whether you plan to upgrade all at once (potentially saving 60-90% of your energy bill) or in phases, any one of these tips should bring you great benefits.
Once you’ve decided to make your home better, there are two areas in which to focus your attention: The envelope (the roof, walls, windows, doors and floors) and the services (lighting, appliances, energy production, water etc). While they work together, it is more important to begin by insulating the envelope to increase the efficiency of the home, before moving on to alternative services. These hints & tips are applicable to both existing homes and additions to homes.
When poorly insulated the roof spaces account for between 25-45% of heat gain or loss in a home. Properly insulating a ceiling offers the best cost benefit, improves indoor temperature and makes the home quiet all year round.
Up to 30% of the heat inside a home can be lost or gained through the outside facing walls. Installing a thin layer of thermal insulation to existing walls can vastly improve the indoor comfort level.
Heat is also lost through the floor into the ground. Heated floors especially, should be installed above insulation. If the floor is not heated, it is better to insulate the foundation walls where heat loss is greatest or to install a light weight insulated screed below the floor tiles, timber floor boards or carpet.
Occurs around exterior doors and windows, the edge between ceilings and walls, expansion joints, and services. Seal gaps with an elastic sealer, use a “door sweep” at the bottom of entrances, & install cornices at the ceiling perimeter.
Can improve comfort by providing both access to fresh air as well as balancing the temperature.
Installing double pane, low-e* coating windows reduces the transfer of heat. External shading devices protect windows from direct sunlight in summer while allowing winter sun into the home. In addition, consider using the correct balance between glazed and wall surfaces in the external façades to maximise daylight while minimizing unwanted heat transfer.
The use of CFL (compact fluorescent lamps), LED (light emitting diode), or T5 lamps reduces the building’s energy use for lighting, while providing a longer life and lower maintenance costs.
Installing solar photovoltaic panels reduces the amount of electricity required from the grid by using the roof space to generate clean renewable energy from the sun.
Provide immediate feedback that can result in 10 to 20% energy savings, as they are able to identify energy consumption in more detail than with conventional meters.
We offer a range of materials to help you insulate the envelope of your home or monitor your services. Go to Our Solutions page to find out more (coming soon)
THERMAL COMFORT - simply means that your house stays cool in summer & warm in winter, without the need for air conditioning.
AUDIO COMFORT - your house stays quiet and private, undisturbed by unexpected noises from the outside, or from other rooms.
VISUAL COMFORT - your home makes the most of natural light while limiting glare and luminance, and also providing calming lines and finishes.
COMFORTABLE INDOOR AIR – your home can remove formaldehyde and other toxins out of the air and convert them into safe, inert compounds, thereby working to keep your lungs healthy.
ECONOMIC COMFORT - a retrofit not only decreases your home energy use (which is a good sustainable practice), but by using sustainably sourced, produced and transported products, also builds a sustainable economy.