Energy efficient glass for a new baby and an eco smart house!

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23 February 2011
Energy efficient glass for a new baby and an eco smart house!
Photograph: Karen Watson.

The Australian Glass Groups range of energy efficient glazing solutions are just the thing for Vince from Kelly’s Joinery. Insulglass double glazed units and the Climashield® laminate ranges promote warmth and comfort, while louvres and standard window treatments offer more light; better cross ventilation and smarter, more economic cooling in summer.

Great glass is only one component of the whole picture. Envirosmart architecture and building methods combine with energy efficient building materials to reduce overall energy consumption costs associated with artificial climate control.

Vince is passionate about eco friendly homes and his enthusiasm is infectious! He builds homes across NSW that are both beautiful and energy efficient. He brags tirelessly about the benefits of mudbrick and straw construction. “These homes are carbon sinks! Mudbrick and straw absorb carbon emissions in the same way a tree does... Mudbrick homes look great, are affordable and suitable in any climate!”

In achieving his dream of a smaller enviro footprint, Vince builds home positioned to take the best advantage of the sun’s daily path and accommodate seasonal weather patterns. He predominantly uses Australian hard woods from renewable forests, recycles materials and buys products that support achievement of the highest efficiency ratings. “We aim to use all natural materials; Sydneysiders have a great resource in their own backyard, which doesn't require much energy to access. The Sydney basin is largely a clay pan mixed with silty sand that makes a quality brick”, Vince explains. “We teach the home owner/builder to make the bricks; we host training workshops, usually over a weekend with a few BBQs etc. We explore options for efficient lighting and ventilation. It’s the start of a journey, the client has a lot of involvement and input, the house becomes a home, and friendships are formed along the way”.

Glass plays an important part in efficiency. It can be a dream just as easily as it can be the home owner’s worst nightmare, dependent on how it’s used. In an average home, 49% of heat is lost through the glazing and 87% of heat is gained through the glazing. Good or bad news depending on where you live in Australia!

Set in Grose Valley on acerage at the foot of the Blue Mountains; Vince’s latest project is a family home for his daughter and her husband who are expecting their first child. Working with Tracey Chester from the Austalian Glass Group in Sydney, the home incorporates Climashield® laminates that slow heat loss in winter and heat gain in summer for greater comfort. Glass louvres around the living space boost cross ventilation.

Building all over NSW means Vince and the mud and straw constructions have a variety of environments to accommodate. “That’s what makes it so interesting.. The mud brick constructions work equally well on the Southern Highlands with double glazed, hard wood window units or beachside on the far north coast where the summer sun is relentless!”

Vince is really looking forward to becoming a grandfather and can’t wait for the house warming!

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