Mak­ing sure your kitchen is work­ing best for you

Style Magazine - - Interior - — Ge­off Gib­son

While ev­ery­one ap­pre­ci­ates the kitchen is the ‘heart of the home’, we want to add another en­ergy ef­fi­ciency di­men­sion to it. We’re not talk­ing ap­pli­ances and gad­gets. With all your new home’s en­ergy ef­fi­ciency ba­sics in place — cor­rect ori­en­ta­tion and the per­son­ally-de­signed func­tion­al­ity tai­lored to meet the needs of the home’s fam­ily — we now want to look at match­ing the best en­ergy ef­fi­cient ma­te­ri­als that go into mak­ing this cen­tral room re­ally love you, more than just you lov­ing it. The im­por­tance of this goes well be­yond what you see, be­cause it has the power to af­fect your well­be­ing.there­fore it de­serves the same fo­cus you’ve ap­plied to all the ma­jor house struc­tural com­po­nents. Did you know your kitchen can make you sick with­out even re­al­is­ing it? Many paints, ad­he­sives and other man-made ma­te­ri­als com­monly used in cab­i­netry and fin­ish­ings emit harm­ful volatile or­ganic com­pounds (VOCS) and formalde­hyde. While typ­i­cally not acutely toxic,vocs can have com­pound­ing long term neg­a­tive health ef­fects, and formalde­hyde ir­ri­tates the mu­cous mem­branes. We are con­stantly re­search­ing com­pa­nies and their prod­ucts in line with our own en­vi­ron­men­tal ethics to al­ways be reach­ing for higher lev­els of sus­tain­abil­ity, adapt­abil­ity and en­ergy ef­fi­ciency. The great prod­ucts we find are in­cor­po­rated into our new homes. We use Du­lux paints be­cause they’ve de­vel­oped aque­ous sol­vents.their acrylic paints are wa­ter based and emit mainly wa­ter vapours as they dry. Ge­off Gib­son Homes also uses Laminex prod­ucts — another com­pany do­ing its part to lower emis­sions from their prod­ucts. Recog­nis­ing the low emis­sion and sus­tain­able build­ing ben­e­fits, they have cho­sen to tran­si­tion their medium den­sity fi­bre­board (MDF is the ba­sis of most cab­i­netry) from a formalde­hyde E1 rat­ing to the even lower E0 rat­ing. There is also the op­tion of some Su­per E0 prod­ucts us­ing no added formalde­hyde, along with a range of low VOC prod­ucts. This su­pe­rior range of low emis­sion prod­ucts has the ob­vi­ously great ef­fect of im­prov­ing in­door air qual­ity. As an en­vi­ron­men­tally-fo­cussed build­ing com­pany, we con­stantly strive to re­duce a new home’s foot­print as much as pos­si­ble by util­is­ing prod­ucts and tech­nolo­gies that also cut car­bon emis­sions, are mak­ing ev­ery ef­fort to min­imise wa­ter use and build­ing con­struc­tion wastage go­ing into land­fill. Our range of tap­ware all have four and five wa­ter rat­ings and our kitchen ap­pli­ances all have high en­ergy sav­ing star rat­ings. This is just a small pre­view of the many en­vi­ron­men­tal and en­ergy sav­ing ini­tia­tives you can em­ploy to en­sure your home is safe and en­ergy ef­fi­cient for gen­er­a­tions. For fur­ther in­for­ma­tion or to dis­cuss your in­di­vid­ual build­ing re­quire­ments, please don’t hes­i­tate to con­tact us.

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