Enjoy the day while reducing your electricity bill
It’s a beautiful winter’s day in Brisbane today: blue skies, 23°C with a breeze blowing from the west. Unlike most other office workers around the city today though, I can actually feel the breeze. It’s not because I’m working outside though, its because the air conditioning is off and the office windows are open. No, I don’t work in a small home office, the Breezway head office here in the suburb of Coorparoo has a floor area of 660m² spread over 3 floors.
Unlike most other offices though, ours has windows that open (Altair Powerlouvre Windows to maximise the ventilation possible through each window) and uses a ‘mixed mode’ cooling system. We have a weather station on the roof of the building which feeds into a building management system which decides how many of the windows should be open and whether or not the air conditioning should be running at any given moment. The building management system electronically opens and closes the Altair Powerlouvre Windows and turns the air conditioning systems on and off.
Although it’s a beautiful day now, this morning was really cold. It got down to 6°C overnight and was around 8°C when I arrived at 7am. The windows were all closed then and the air conditioning was running to warm the building. Around mid-morning, most people had arrived and turned on their computers. Bodies and computers both generate heat, so both were helping to warm the building and the building management system determined that the building occupants and equipment were generating sufficient heat to turn off the air conditioning and open some of the windows to provide fresh air.
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Breezway manufactures Altair Louvre Windows in glass, timber and aluminium. They are energy and cyclone rated and suitable for multi-storey applications.Learn more
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