30 Jun U-MAX™ thermally broken window and door systems are a perfect 10
Thermally broken window system contributes to achievement of 10 Star home project in Perth
The U-MAX™ thermally broken 100 Centre Glazed and the U-MAX™ thermally broken Sliding Door suites were used in the recent “The Perfect 10 Project: 10 Stars in 10 Days” in Perth. They successfully built a 10-star energy-rated house with 13 prefabricated panels, a roof, windows, wiring and doors in less than 10 days.
The project was spearheaded by Insulation Systems director Ian Massey to demonstrate his new eco-building system, which he describes as the “most energy-efficient” way to build. Mandurah Glass fabricated the EDGE Architectural windows and sliding doors for the home.
The homeowners will experience reduced need for heating and cooling within their home, saving them a significant amount of money for years to come.
Star rating system for homes
The Nationwide House Energy Rating Scheme (NatHERS) uses computer simulations to assess the potential thermal comfort of Australian homes on a scale of zero to 10 stars. The more stars, the less heating or cooling energy is likely to be required to keep the occupants comfortable.
A range for star ratings, called a ‘star band’, is set for each climate zone taking into account the extremes of the local weather conditions. Each star band set allows for a comparison of buildings within and between climate zones and is based on the maximum energy consumption per unit area (MJ/m2) loads for each half-star level.
Houses with higher star levels are considered more thermally comfortable than those of lower star levels with those rated at 10 stars considered thermally comfortable without the need for artificial heating and cooling.
Source: Nationwide House Energy Rating Scheme