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Home Living : May 18th 2010
HLW - HOME LIVING: WEST, Tuesday, May 18, 2010 1 ............................................... HOMELIVING Sunshine control » ADVERTISING FEATURE Today, being green is not just about saving the environment. It's about saving money as well. If you want to save energy costs then daylighting will make a difference. Daylighting is the term used to describe the lighting of interior spaces with natural light. Until the electric light bulb came to power, this was the only way of lighting. Interior rooms always have less natural light because of their placement. During planning, construction and renovating, this important fact is often overlooked. When renovating, a tubular daylighting system is easy to install, in as little as two hours depending upon the requirement. Today, as we look at energy management to produce savings, the Solatube Daylighting Systems is a standout product. With its excellent penetration design, it can contribute to improving the overall energy performance by minimising heat gain and heat loss. By having improved daylight, lights can be turned off during the day. Daylighting is truly changing the way we live. But how does it work? The patented reflective system located inside the rooftop dome collects and redirects sunlight down a highly reflective tube to a diffuser at ceiling level. This system of light collection and redirection allows the Solatube system to provide light on cloudy days, early in the morning and late in the afternoon, and during winter months. A moisture control system within the rooftop dome contains a convex design. This allows condensation to channel into the dome ring's enlarged outer gutters and removes the moisture through specially designed exit holes. The over-moulded triple-seal system is the most airtight and locks out air, moisture, dust and bugs to keep the entire system trouble-free. Details and more tips: solatube.com.au Protect and save » ADVERTISING FEATURE By installing a Vergola outdoor roofing system you not only save energy, you can add value to your biggest investment--your house. A stylish Vergola can create an extra room outdoors, perfect for outdoor entertaining and a major attraction for buyers. Doyle Spillane Real Estate director Stephen Doyle says: ''A Vergola is an asset for any home-owner. It adds style and value." Alicia Ross-Ryan Director Ray White Real Estate Agents agrees. ''A Vergola is without doubt a strong sales feature when selling a property,'' she says. With Vergola you can control sunlight and airflow to create a comfortable atmosphere all year round. Vergola general manager Peter Rust says a Vergola not only adds value to your property, it also saves money by protecting your home from sunlight in summer and capturing warming sunshine during the cooler months. ''Because of its unique dual-skin aerofoil shape, constructed from Colorbond steel, Vergola is built to withstand the toughest Australian conditions,'' Mr Rust said. Vergola is widely used as a protective cover for outdoor areas including decks, patios, courtyards, verandas and swimming pools. In NSW, Vergola roof systems are manufactured and distributed exclusively by Vergola (NSW) Pty Ltd. Details: 1800 802 955, vergolansw.com.au 2079781i hlw wk47
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