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Home Living : May 11th 2010
HLF - HOME LIVING: NORTH WEST, Tuesday, May 11, 2010 5 Smart ways » ADVERTISING FEATUREHOMELIVING THE possible tripling of domestic energy costs over the next 10 years has placed the heat on housing design principles for the vast majority of mass-produced homes in Australia. These designs often have poor orientation and energy-guzzling appliances, says Australian Institute of Architects building advisory service Archicentre. The energy-wise home needs a mix of well-insulated, high-thermal mass, intelligent glazing and ventilation. Archicentre NSW state manager Angus Kell said the energy costs were highlighted recently by Origin Energy chief executive Grant King. Mr King said energy prices tripling in 10 years would mean homeowners could be paying more than $100 a week for energy. He said cost-saving started with the design and siting of the home, including making provision for natural light in the living areas and gaining maximum benefit from solar heating and water harvesting. Archicentre does more than 20,000 house reports on these aspects each year. The first step in orientation is maximising the northern aspect, where exposure to the sun is best controlled. Eaves and pergolas can be designed to block the summer sun but allow winter sunshine to penetrate. Deciduous trees can achieve the same effect. It is important to position rooms based on access to views and sunshine. Insulation is crucial. Lining the roof, walls and floor can reduce heat loss in winter, and heat gain in summer. Glass is a very poor insulator. In an energy-efficient design think about size, location, glazing type and window coverings. Details: archicentre.com.au phone 9725 2266 f. 9725 2166 e. firstname.lastname@example.org Unit 4/94 Hassall St, Wetherill Park Licence Number 219462c The Wardrobe Specialists Guaranteed to beat the lowest price • Lifetime guarantee •Callnowfora free measure & quote • Servicing all areas 2097803i hlf wk43 from $389 Showroom Open 6 days glassrooms conservatories garden rooms ground & 1st floor extensions BUILDER OF QUALITY EXTENSIONS MULTI-HIA AWARD WINNERS LICENCE NO: 66902C 1300 721 150 Designed and built for your lifestyle. Call for an obligation free in-home consultation. Showroom: 152 Russell Street, Emu Plains email@example.com www.classichomeimprovements.com.au Create an improvement that will allow your home to breath fresh living space 2150467K HLF wk45 WWW.HALFPRICESHUTTERS.COM.AU CALL 13 61 21 AND SAVE CALL 13 61 21 AND SAVE UNIMAIL RP290909 * This offer cannot be used in conjunction with any other promotion, special offer or coupon. HUGE STOCK CLEARANCE SALE ALL SMART STILE PLANTATION and ROLLER SHUTTER STOCK MUST BE SOLD HURRY! CALL TODAY NEGOTIATE A DEAL TODAY! shutters curtains blinds Free in home consultation or visit our showroom at 48 Windsor Road, Kellyville 9629 9445 www.stylehouse.net.au 2152417i hlf wk35 shutters • roman blinds • holland blinds • motorisation • sunscreens venetians • home theatre rooms • panel glides • curtains • poles/tracks Local AWARD WINNING one stop window covering shop SALE NOW ON Decks Pergolas Stainless steel wire handrail Lattice Privacy Screens DIY pergola and deck kits Lic No: 170944C FREE LOCAL DELIVERY SHOWROOM OPEN 6 DAYS OUTDOOR PINE FREE DESIGN & QUOTE 5 CHILVERS ROAD THORNLEIGH www.thomsonsoutdoorpine.com.au 2160314i hlf wk34 PHONE: 9980 7611 THOMSON'S
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