In­ven­tion gain­ing pop­u­lar­ity

Tweed Daily News - - NEWS - Rick Koenig rick.koenig@tweed­dai­lynews.com.au

A NEW in­ven­tion by a Banora Point res­i­dent that al­lows you to keep your win­dows open while it’s rain­ing has taken the in­dus­try by storm.

In­ven­tor An­drew Cot­tle was work­ing on the Gold Coast, fix­ing build­ings da­m­aged by weather due to win­dows be­ing left open when he came up with the idea for a win­dow weather guard.

In what is a world first, Mr Cot­tle’s win­dow weather guard fits all ex­ist­ing homes via a DIY method and al­lows res­i­dents to “keep their win­dows open through rain, hail and shine”.

The in­ven­tion has been dubbed by some in­no­va­tion lead­ers as “the new fly screen.”

And there are plenty of other ben­e­fits to Mr Cot­tle’s in­ven­tion.

“The num­ber one thing that’s very pop­u­lar about it is en­ergy ef­fi­ciency,” Mr Cot­tle said.

“Peo­ple love be­ing able to have the house open all day long, it al­lows the house to breathe and here at Banora Point on a par­tic­u­lar sum­mer’s day, I don’t have to run the air­con­di­tioner be­cause the rain hasn’t got­ten into the win­dows and the house is 10 de­grees cooler.”

But it has been a long road for Mr Cot­tle to get his in­ven­tion on the mar­ket.

He said it took at least a decade from the con­cep­tion of the idea to have the fi­nal prod­uct on the mar­ket.

“You can in­vent some­thing the size of a match­box, put it in the sun and have it power your house for the whole week and it would take 10 years to get on the mar­ket,” Mr Cot­tle said.

“I’d like to see the govern­ment step up more to sup­port Aus­tralian in­no­va­tion, it ben­e­fits Aus­tralia, the econ­omy and the en­vi­ron­ment.”

Mr Cot­tle said other ben­e­fits of his win­dow guard in­cluded sav­ings in elec­tric­ity costs, bet­ter sleep and over­all bet­ter health.

“The CSIRO has pub­lished a find­ing say­ing it costs $12 bil­lion a year in health and lost pro­duc­tiv­ity by breath­ing just the air in your home,” he said.

“Their num­ber one rec­om­men­da­tion is to open your win­dows.

“Peo­ple don’t open their win­dows be­cause it may rain, these days you can chuck on your weather win­dow guard and it can stay like that 24/7.”

Mr Cot­tle’s in­ven­tion is avail­able at Mitre 10 in Mur­willum­bah, which is the first ma­jor re­tailer to take on the prod­uct.

He is look­ing to ex­pand the prod­uct na­tion­ally in the near fu­ture.

PHOTO: CON­TRIB­UTED

GREAT IDEA: In­ven­tor An­drew Cot­tle and his win­dow weather guard with Tweed Shire Mayor Katie Milne at Mitre 10 in Mur­willum­bah.

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