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Home Living : September 21st 2010
2 HLF - HOME LIVING: NORTH WEST, 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 SERVICES TO ALL DOORS New Showroom: Unit E18/2A Victoria Ave CASTLE HILL OVER 25 YEARS EXPERIENCE DEAN 2095242i hlnw wk45 AUTOMATIC OPENERS FR.$450 FREE MEASURE & QUOTE 9894 1233 GARAGE DOOR SALES & REPAIRS PTY LTD 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 TIMBER KITCHEN RESTORATIONS We refinish your timber doors & benchtops, bringing them back to new for much less than the cost of a new kitchen Ph: 1300 888 245 w ww.aglrestoration.com.au free quote all areas 2059229i hlf wk09 Castle Hill Mirrors & Glass Ph. 9634 4633 Unit 5, 7-13 Victoria Avenue CASTLE HILL NSW 2154 CUT TO SIZE GLASS GLASS REPAIRS REAR VISION MIRROR REPAIRS GLASS SPLASHBACKS GLASS TABLE TOPS SHOWER SCREENS MIRRORS GLASS SHELVES & BRACKETS OPPOSITE TOYOTA 2259505i hlf wk39 www.randrglass.com.au FREE 'IN HOME' CONSULTATION 1300 137 198 www.ccbd.com.au Curtains Romans Sunscreens Pelmets Swags Shutters All Blinds Bedspreads LATEST DESIGNS IN CURTAINS & BLINDS by Design CREATIVE CURTAINS
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