Day: October 31, 2017
When it comes to building materials, owners of property often meet with confusion, especially if an energy efficient home is what’s needed. Keeping the Australian code in mind, people often purchase wrong materials which are not appropriate. Here is some guidance which can be helpful when planning for an energy efficient home.
Doors, windows and skylights
Windows can let in or leak away up to 40 percent of your home heating or cooling energy. Therefore, you need to look for WERS (Window Energy Rating Scheme) label on windows. These are certified labeling which can save up to 80 percent of energy. Choose double glazing and a timber or insulated frame for a high WERS rating. Whatever window, door or skylight you choose, be sure of the crucial energy star rating assessment. Assessing the building materials can automatically let you understand the best material appropriate for your house. Also think about window coverings such as pelmets, heavy curtains, blinds, shutters or external awnings.
If you are using timber for window frames, decking and/or flooring, make sure it comes from a certified sustainably managed forests. It includes FSC-certified (Forest Stewardship Council) timber and organic plantation pine treated with LOSP (light organic solvent preservative). Many plantation timbers are also available as composites made of sawdust and recycled plastic.
You don’t have freedom even when you choose the paint, especially if you are looking to achieve a perfect energy efficient house. The paint colours you choose may have an effect on lighting and heating levels. This is why, it is recommended to choose light colour for the interiors to improve daylight levels inside the house and reduce the need for artificial lighting during the day. Use low-emission paints to reduce toxic fumes. Some paints are also available that contain all-natural ingredients.
Identify building materials and appliances that can be re-used. These can be windows, doors, roofing tiles or anything. Make sure your builder has a waste recycling plan in place. Make a plan to minimise the waste and recycle leftover building materials to reduce landfill. You can also buy recycled building products for a construction work. These not only save energy but can also lead to considerable savings. Recycled products can also add charm and atmosphere to homes.
Remember, in the end, house energy rating assessments are indispensable to avert future problems and also to save a significant amount of money.