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Home Living : September 7th 2010
HLC - HOME LIVING: CENTRAL, Tuesday, September 7, 2010 3 Don't burn your bucks » ADVERTISING FEATURE HOMELIVING Investors and homebuyers have been warned not to overlook poor environmental efficiency in any home or apartment they are buying which could cost them thousands of dollars and see them literally burning money. Archicentre, the building advisory service of the Australian Institute of Architects said they could be adding thousands of dollars to their mortgage by purchasing poorly designed apartments or homes which are expensive to heat and cool. Archicentre ACT and NSW state manager Angus Kell said new legislation will make it mandatory to provide an energy rating for buyers. ''People undertaking renovations should also ensure that their designs and plans clearly maximised the potential environmental efficiency of the building,'' he said. Mr Kell said the key to year-round comfort and saving money was passive solar design. This is where the building design carefully combines materials, methods, building form and the sun's natural energy to help keep your house cool in summer and warm in winter. Mr Kell said major elements people need to consider include: Site Orientation Maximise northern aspect, where exposure to the sun is best controlled. Eaves and pergolas can be precisely designed to block the summer sun, and still allow the desirable winter sunshine to penetrate. North-side deciduous trees shade the house in summer, but give the sun prime access once they have lost their leaves in winter. Zoning It is critical to prioritise rooms based on access to views and solar penetration. An open-plan kitchen and living area, for example, should have pole position, while bedrooms or bathrooms need less daylight. By zoning your home, unused areas can be closed off, maximising cooling and heating efficiency. Materials and building techniques Energy-wise homes need a mix of well insulated, high thermal mass, intelligent glazing and ventilation. Lining the roof, walls and floor can reduce heat loss in winter and heat-gain in summer. Glazing Glass is a poor insulator. Think of size, location, glazing type and coverings. Cross ventilation is a vital factor. Louvres can direct air flow towards the occupants of a room. High-level windows let hot air escape, resulting in drawing in of cool air. Reversible ceiling fans are great in summer and winter. In winter they push warmed air down to where you're sitting. Door or window seals prevent cold air whistling under windows and doors. Archicentre has a Guide to Energy- wise Living available for download at archicentre.com.au/energywise.pdf 2277063i hlc wk41 Bld. Lic No 161882c We also stock an exclusive range of French Provincial Furniture + AH Beard and Sealy Beds LOWEST PRICES GUARANTEED!!! 20% OFF ALL FLOOR STOCK. HURRY! LIMITED TIME LEICHHARDT 800 Parramatta Rd Ph. 95603780 Outdoor Teak, AH Beard & Sealy Bedding KINGSGROVE 103 Vanessa St Ph. 91507760 Outdoor Teak, Indoor & French Provincial Furniture, AH Beard & Sealy Bedding BROOKVALE 724 Pittwater Rd Ph. 99059055 Outdoor Teak 2115951i hlc wk11 Select from Sydney's Largest Range of Quality Teak Outdoor Furniture AT OUR 3 MASSIVE SYDNEY WAREHOUSE OUTLETS Unique Teak Furniture www.uniqueteak.com.au Showroom & Factory: Fax: 77 Larra St, Yennora 9632 1399 Specialising in Shopfront & Domestic Roller Shutters SAVE $$$ - FACTORY DIRECT PRICES Master Lic:408646770 Roller Shutters Shopfront Shutters Stainless Steel Doors Automatic Garage Doors FREE MEASURE & QUOTES Call 9632 1111 www.burwoodshutters.com.au 5% OFF YOUR LOWEST GENUINE PRICE Window Shutters Safety Doors Window Grilles Automatic Gates 2061737i hlw wk15 I.S.No 1 WHOLESALE Direct to the public 'BRISBANE' AUSTRALIAN HARDWOOD LOW TV UNIT (1930 x 520 x 640 high) Acacia Chocolate Stain Also available in Acacia Ironbark and Bunya Oak p $389 (Fully assembled) 'ROSWELL' AUSTRALIAN HARDWOOD COFFEE TABLE (1280 x 750 x 450 high) Acacia Ironbark Stain Also available in Acacia Chocolate and Bunya Oak p $249 (Fully assembled) InStyle Furniture 6-8 Wingate Rd. MULGRAVE/MCGRATHS HILL (Windsor) Phone 9679 1000 OPEN 7 DAYS 9-5pm Bring your trailer or we can arrange delivery. OVER 250 DIFFERENT STYLES TO CHOOSE FROM InStyle Furniture, quality hardwood furniture at pine prices 2241958i hlc wk09 http//stores.ebay.com.au/instyle-furniture-collections .com.au IT DOESN'T GET ANY BETTER THAN THIS! Visit our online store at: stores.ebay.com.au/Instyle-Furniture-Collections DISPLAY CABINET 2 door 4 shelf (980w x 430d x 1800 high) Bunya Oak Also available in Acacia, Ironbark and Chocola Our pric $ (Fully assembled)
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