uPVC Double Glazed Windows in Australia

uPVC Double Glazed Windows in Australia: Video

 

Available across Europe and America for the past 60 years, uPVC window profiles are the most popular choice to deliver superior and proven performance worldwide.

More than half of all new and replacement residential windows worldwide are uPVC. That’s almost 290 million window units a year.

Chosen for their durability, low-maintenance, high energy efficiency, performance and style, the US and Europe have long focused on energy-efficient windows.

However, in Australia, we’ve traditionally used either timber frames which are good insulators but high maintenance, or aluminium window frames which need less maintenance than timber, but have poor insulation .

Thermal performance is one of the most important characteristics of a window. Double glazed uPVC windows can be as much as four and-a-half times more energy efficient than standard single glazed aluminium. The energy efficiency of a window system is commonly defined by two measures.

First, the solar heat gain coefficient (SHGC), a measure of the solar radiation going through the glazing into a building, and secondly by the rate of heat flow through a window system (uValue). For both measures, the lower the number, the higher the performance.

A common misconception in Australia is that double glazing is only for cold climates, to keep the cold outside. But double glazing is also just as effective in keeping the heat of an Australian summer OUT. In fact, standard glazed windows contribute to eighty-seven percent of the summer heat gain in a typical Australian insulated home. Choosing double glazed units with low solar heat gain and lower uValues reduces or eliminates the need for expensive artificial cooling. By replacing your windows with high-efficiency upvc ones, you can reduce greenhouse gas emissions from household heating and cooling by more than one ton a year.

uPVC windows are considered durable, with expected life spans of 35 years, and leading brands have been tested specifically for resistance to australia’s high UV radiation levels. These windows will look good for years without the need for sanding or repainting, and being resistant to salt, are ideal for coastal locations.

uPVC window profiles have been carefully engineered to incorporate multi-point locking systems, providing a high level of security. They can be used in a wide range of styles for old and new heritage or contemporary homes, and they come in a variety of colors. Choose with confidence from a range of quality suppliers in Australia.

Wherever you live in Australia- Brisbane, Sydney, Canberra, Melbourne, Hobart, Adelaide or Perth, you can benefit fromt the qualities of uPVC double glazed windows and doors.

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Double Glazing in Canberra Sustainable House

Canberra House featureing double glazing.

Double Glazing Stars in Canberra Home

 

Double Glazing featured in one of the stars of Sustainable House Day in Canberra– the Blue House.

Presented by the ATA (Alternative Technology Association), the 2017 Sustainable House Day opened over 200 homes to the public, and attracted over 24,000 visitors nationwide.  On show were homes that showed how sustainablility, liveability and economy can work hand-in-hand.

The Blue House has been called ‘a home with heart’. It features an effective passive solar design, salvaged and recycled materials, an innovative whole-block water harvesting system, and, of course, double glazing. This little owner-built home provides a comfortable base for the young Canberra family of Shelley and Luke Dickerson.

The two-storey house contains three bedrooms and a studio, plus a split-level kitchen, dining and living area. In keeping with passive design principles,, it’s aligned so that all main rooms have a north window, and a big deck provides a good connection to the garden. Double glazing, good cross ventilation, a concrete slab for thermal mass, a heat pump hot water system and 3 kW of solar PV all assist with the all-electric house’s thermal performance and energy efficiency.

Learn more about the Blue House in Canberra.

 

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Double Glazing Stars On Sustainable House Day

Sustainable House Day is a natinal event tghat features sustainable dsign homes, almost always featuring double glazing.

Double Glazing Stars On Sustainable House Day

 

For many years, Solar House Day was an annual event run by the Australian Solar Energy Society. Homes around Australia opened to the public to display the latest in solar passive house design, sustainable building practices and materials, solar hot water and double glazing. There were even some glimpses of a brave new world, as some homes showed off solar panels! Although times have changed, the principles of good, sustainable home design remain much the same.

In recent years, Solar House Day has evolved to the more inclusive name of Sustainable House Day, and is now operated by the Alternative Technology Association nation-wide. I’m proud to have been heavily involved in both of the organisations, and in the Days, as a Sponsor, as a Committee Member, and as a volunteer helping show off the homes. In 2016 17,287 people visited 154 homes around the country.

This year, 2017, Sustainable House Day is being celebrated on Sunday September 17th. A likely record number of homes will be open, to show interested members of the public how good design and good materials can produce a home that is good to look at, comfortable to live in, and economical to heat and cool. There will be 20 homes open in Canberra and the Region alone. Of course, you’ll probably find double glazing in every one of them. For these homes, double glazing isn’t an exotic choice, it’s just a given, a commonsense standard inclusion.

Visiting homes on Sustainable House Day is free, so why not check out homes on display near you?  You could pick up some great ideas to improve your current home, or one you hope to build.

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Double Glazing Popular In Tasmanian Energy Scheme

Double glazing loans available to Hobart, and all Tasmania.

Double Glazing Stars in Tasmanian Energy Efficiency Loan Scheme

 
Tasmanians who want double glazing are flocking to a new Tasmanian Government Scheme which makes interest-free loans available for the purchase of energy-saving products. These include heat pumps, solar panels, solar hot water double glazing, home insulation, block out blinds and curtains, and double glazing. The Scheme has also been supported by Sustainable Living Tasmania, the TCCI, the Small Business Council of Tasmania, the Property Council and the Tasmanian Renewable Energy Alliance.

The Scheme is proving very popular. According to the Minister for Energy, Matthew Groom, “the people have spoken on the Government’s energy efficiency loans scheme, with a massive influx of applications from households and businesses.”

The $10 million TEELS scheme announced in last year’s state budget, and was only recently opened for applications. The applications have flooded in. In the first two weeks, there have been over 1300 applications, worth $10,200,000. As only $10,000,000 was allocated to the scheme over two years, NOW would be a good time for anyone wanting to apply, to get in.

Already over 300 applications have come from Hobart and the rest of Tasmania for loans to buy double glazing. As usual in these schemes, there doesn’t appear to be any control over where customers source their products (think of the Federal Insulation fiasco). Customers should only buy quality products from reputable, well-established retailers. See our Hobart Double Glazing page for some useful information.

Learn more about the Scheme here, and make an Application here. Good luck!

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NZ Support for Double Glazing

New Zealand Labour Supports Double Glazing

NZ Labour Promises $1.2billion for Double Glazing & Warm Homes

 

Double glazing has hit the headlines in New Zealand. Gearing up for the coming election, the New Zealand Labour Party has announced a policy to make $1.2billion available to make 600,000 Kiwi homes “warm and dry”.

Homeowners will be able to claim up to $2000 per home, which can be used to subsidise the double-glazing of windows, insulation, or a heating system.

The program will run for 10 years, and will be available to 600,000 homes at a cost of $1.2billion – which is the exact same figure the Party estimates will come in from closing a tax loophole that favours property investors.

That ‘loophole’ is a familiar one to Australians. It’s Negative gearing. So has NZ Labour got it right? Will cutting out Negative Gearing help improve housing affordability, by removing subsidies for investors vs first home buyers? Will spending the money on double glazing, insulation and more efficient heating systems help 600,000 households enjoy a more comfortable life? Needless to say, more energy efficient homes also reduce the national and personal carbon footprint, and cut the household energy bills.

Scott Morrison and his Coalition Government could do much worse than support measures to increase the uptake of double glazing. Geneva didn’t muck around- they mandated double glazing!

 

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