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Home Living : September 21st 2010
2 HLN - HOME LIVING: NORTH, Tuesday, September 21, 2010 Why brick is rock-solid » ADVERTISING FEATUREHOMELIVING When it comes to the environment, everyone wants to do their bit. We reduce landfill by taking our own bags shopping, recycle used papers and bottles, and turn off lights when we leave the room. But the biggest culprit, when it comes to carbon emissions, is our home heating and cooling requirements. A massive 39 per cent of average household energy consumption comes from running airconditioners and heaters. Homeowners seriously concerned with reducing their carbon footprint need to go back to basics. ''Reducing the impact your home has on the planet can be as simple as choosing the right building materials," Austral Bricks NSW marketing manager Natalie Frendo said. ''We have been undertaking quantitative research in partnership with the University of Newcastle and all the studies show that homes built in full- brick have greatly reduced the need for airconditioners and heaters, slashing household energy consumption and resulting in far fewer greenhouse gas emissions,'' he said. ''That means lower energy bills. Research found that the thermal mass of bricks absorbs the heat, slowing its movement through walls and evening out temperature changes better than any other type of building material. Bricks shield your home from the extremes of the harsh Australian climate -- making it naturally cooler in summer and warmer in winter," she said. As significant as this reduction in energy use is, the environmental benefits of building in full brick do not end here. Researchers have been studying the relationship between building materials, construction processes and their environmental impact. Bricks come out winners when it comes to embodied energy per kilo, consuming less than many products we might incorrectly perceive to be environmentally sustainable, such as plywood, many types of home insulation materials, paint, glass and even recycled steel and aluminium. ''When paired with passive design principles, building or renovating in full- brick is the best way to drastically reduce your home's environmental impact,'' Ms Frendo said. Details: fullbrick.com.au or phone 1800 670 235 Open 6 Days + Parking at door All work Guaranteed - Call now! Warehouse prices direct to the public 2138420i hln wk4 CARPETS CERAMICS TIMBER VINYLS www.impala.com.au OPEN 7 DAYS kitchens &bathrooms ...and get Caesarstone for Laminate* Order now for Pre-Christmas Delivery NEW IMPALA SHOWROOM NOW OPEN AT BROOKVALE 475 Pittwater Rd Ph: 9907 2729 Showrooms also at PENNANT HILLS 370 Pennant Hills Rd (Cnr Fisher Ave) Ph: 9483 2222 DRUMMOYNE 125 Victoria Rd Ph: 9819 6915 *With every complete kitchen sold. Not available in conjunction with any other offer. Conditions apply. Bld. Lic. No. 151088C 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 BROOKVALE 724 Pittwater Rd Ph. 99059055 Outdoor Teak 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 2115479i hln 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 ALL AREAS 9838 9090 FREE MEASURE & QUOTE Lifetime Warranty www.justforyouwardrobes.com.au DESIGNED TO SUIT YOUR BUDGET Timber Coloured panel Painted Mirrored Sliding Hinged Built-inWardrobe SPECIALISTS JUST FOR YOU WARDROBES PTY. LTD Lic. 185684C 2032708K wk41
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