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Home Living : May 11th 2010
HLW - HOME LIVING: WEST, Tuesday, May 11, 2010 1 The solar nation » ADVERTISING FEATURE Founded last year, with its head office and distribution centre in Sydney, Green Resources Group is an Australian company dedicated to supplying renewable energy solutions. It offers a complete solar solution and is licensed to handle all aspects of design and installation of solar PV systems, and government rebates. The group's focus is on supplying the best solar PV products to all markets. With an aggressive business plan, including developing a national franchise system, it aims to become Australia's most respected solar company. Green Resources Group has acquired a state-of-the-art solar panel manufacturer to make its own brand -- Inspire Solar. Green Resources Group has these companies under its banner: First Renewable Energy is responsible for the acquisition and importing of a range of solar products and supplies; distributes solar photovoltaic panels and parts in high volume in both domestic and international markets. Inspire Solar is in charge of sales and marketing, supply and installation of solar photovoltaic systems for homes, strata management buildings, warehouses, schools and commercial buildings in NSW. It will expand to Queensland and Western Australia in August. Perpetual Solar is the founder of the franchise system for national solar shops. Green Partner Australia is the first company in Australia to provide free solar PV systems to homes on a feed-in- tariff sharing basis. .............................................. HOMELIVING Smart ways » ADVERTISING FEATURE 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 LIFETIME GUARANTEE 5 Bond Crescent, WETHERILL PARK PH: 9756 0235 FAX: 9757 3473 email: email@example.com shes 2254379i hls wk41 Excellence in Service, Design & Quality Call now for a free measure and quote Service ALL Areas FROM $399 *Conditions apply We will BEAT any written quote. s apply EPTPOS available
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