Energy Through The Windows

Glass transmission

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…]

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Big Window – Fail

BIG WINDOW FAIL

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…]

Window Abbreviations

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…]

Skylights

skylights

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!

Summer

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…]

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Daylight Tubes

Solatube

Solatube

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…]

The Risk Of Too Much Security

Window Grill

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…]

Upstairs Windows

by-the-open-window

 

Have you got visions of being able to look out of your upstairs windows like this lady.

Not anymore if you are building a new house. New laws to protect children falling out of windows have come into force.

Since 1 May 2013, the Building Code of Australia (BCA) requires “protection for openable windows [read more…]

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Roller Shutters – Fail

roller shutter 2

Sorry if you like them……….. but I just don’t get roller shutters!

To me they just say someone has got it wrong.

You have a house built with nice big windows and then you install shutters.

Either the orientation is wrong,….or if its a security measure you bought in the wrong neighbourhood!

As [read more…]