Ever wondered how much actual benefit you get from the sun shining in?
How The Sun’s Energy Warms Your Home.
Basically when the suns energy (which includes both visible and invisible energy such as Infra Red and Ultra Violet [UV] radiation) hits your window three things happen to the energy:
Reflection – Plain glass [read more…]
I have previously talked about Good Orientation and Window Size in this Blog.
It’s not as though this sort of information is secret knowledge. . . . . I would have thought all architects would be aware of the importance of these sort of issues.
So I wonder why this custom designed, suburban house [read more…]
When you are looking at builders plans it can be hard to understand what all the abbreviations mean!
Here are some common window Abbreviations /Acronyms:
AL – Aluminium (also Alum) AW – Awning Window CG – Clear Glass CLR.OPG – Clear Opening CR – Curtain Rod DG – Double Glazing DH – Double [read more…]
Thinking about putting some skylights in the roof?
Planning one of those rooms with a glazed roof panel?
You really need to think very carefully before you go ahead!
In summer the heat gain and glare can be enormous causing major overheating. A typical North facing 900mm x 900mm sky light can put 3kw [read more…]
If you have a gloomy smaller room (for example bathroom, WIR, or hallway) consider a daylight tube. They are a more energy efficient alternative to conventional skylights or having to keep putting the lights on.
Daylight tubes have three parts:
Roof mounted clear, hemispherical dome Connecting smooth highly reflective tube/duct Ceiling level diffuser [read more…]
As I visit lots of houses I often wonder if some houses have too much security.
I see lots of houses with roller shutters or even steel gratings over the windows like these.
Quite often when I ring the bell the owner seems to spend ages unlocking the various locks and bolt on the front [read more…]