En­ergy ef­fi­cient win­dow dress­ing ~ more than a pretty face

Style Magazine - - Wedding - — Ge­off Gib­son

With the con­struc­tion stage of your house draw­ing to a close, it’s now the fun time as you dress your home with your favourite light fit­tings, win­dow dress­ings and floor cov­er­ings. This is where the dreams you be­gan with now lit­er­ally ma­te­ri­alises be­fore your eyes. It’s where you get to put your fi­nal stamp of own­er­ship on your orig­i­nal plans, and your con­struc­tion site morphs into your new home. The choices you make now will, like ev­ery­thing else you’ve done to build this home, have their own on-go­ing im­pact on the en­ergy ef­fi­ciency and sus­tain­abil­ity of your home — in­creas­ing it or de­creas­ing it. LED lights can be very cost-ef­fec­tive to run, and are avail­able in a wide range of styles and fit­tings, and can en­hance an ul­tra-mod­ern look or give a fresh light on clas­sic styles. Win­dows are tra­di­tion­ally the weak link in ex­ter­nal in­su­la­tion bar­ri­ers, so the choice of your win­dow dress­ings plays a cru­cial role in tem­per­a­ture con­trol. There is a large ar­ray of choices, from cur­tains and drapes through to se­lec­tions of blinds and shut­ters. The most im­por­tant thing is to cover your win­dows. New gen­er­a­tions of blinds like the Sun­way (with its re­flec­tive coat­ing on the win­dow side) and the Sa­belle Block­out (that con­certi­nas to trap still air within the blind) do an ex­cel­lent job of re­duc­ing heat trans­fer through glass. If cur­tains and drapes are more of your choos­ing, it is wise to put an en­closed pel­met above your curtain or drapes. These will trap still air be­tween the win­dow dress­ing and the glass, help­ing to stop heat trans­fer­ring through the glass be­cause of the air move­ment. Floor cov­er­ing again is very much a per­sonal choice. From an en­ergy ef­fi­ciency per­spec­tive, if your home is built on a con­crete slab you are bet­ter to look to a matte tile or vinyl plank as they will help trans­fer warmth into the ther­mal mass of the slab, whereas a gloss tiles or tim­ber floor­ing will de­flect and dis­burse the heat from the slab. Car­pets may be the pre­ferred op­tion for your be­d­rooms, and it does pay to check the un­der­lay is made from re­cy­cled ma­te­ri­als where pos­si­ble. A qual­ity nat­u­ral fi­bre car­pet such as wool is prefer­able as it is fully sus­tain­able and a re­new­able ma­te­rial. It is also hard-wear­ing and long-last­ing, re­duc­ing the need for fre­quent re­place­ment of floor cov­er­ings. At Ge­off Gib­son Homes, we in­te­grate many en­ergy-sav­ing ideas and tech­nolo­gies to re­duce our car­bon foot­print and save on run­ning costs. If you need fur­ther ad­vice and ideas on en­ergy ef­fi­cient floor cov­er­ings, win­dow dress­ings and light­ing, please call in and see us.

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