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Home Living : September 7th 2010
4 HLF - HOME LIVING: NORTH WEST, Tuesday, September 7, 2010 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 Is mould & mildew taking over? DON'T RE-TILE L • Regrout any tiled area • Stop Leaking Showers • Recolour Reseal Grout • SIlicone & Tile Repairs • Shower Screens • All work guaranteed FREE QUOTES 9822 1872 firstname.lastname@example.org www.tileregrouting.com.au 2240136i hlf wk46 BUILT IN WARDROBES FACTORY DIRECT PRICES BUILT IN WARDROBES FACTORY DIRECT PRICES PH: 9890 7477 PH: 9890 7477 • FREE MEASURE & QUOTE • LIFETIME GUARANTEE Made to suit your budget & needs • Style • Service • Variety • Full range • Accessories • Hinged Doors • Sliding Doors • Over 20 years exp. Sydney Wardrobe Company Pty. Ltd www.sydneywardrobe.com.au Lic: 185628C 2152558i hln wk40 SPLIT & DUCTED AIR CONDITIONING Authorised Dealer Licence No 215990C WINTER SPECIALS SAVEUP TO$600 ON DAIKIN DUCTED SYSTEMS SAVEUP TO$300 ON DAIKIN SPLIT SYSTEMS PHONE NOW for a FREE In-Home Quote 9737 0293 2172834i hlf wk42 Concept, Council and Construction www.classichomeimprovements.com.au Showroom -- 152 Russell St Emu Plains Phone 1300 721 150 Builders Licence No 66902C • In home design and quotation • Professional builders 25 years exp • Fixed price contracts • Custom designed solutions • Council approval A quality builder you can trust 2240603i hlf wk09 Ian Cubitt's Open 7 Days Multi Award Winning Builders VIEW OF PROPOSAL FROM FRONT Before After
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