While Melbourne is Australia’s fastest-growing capital city, it’s a fact that the majority of housing stock in our state is ageing, and that historically low building costs have resulted in the majority of Victorian homes having an energy rating far below acceptable modern-day standards.
Ageing, leaky windows are largely to blame, responsible for approximately 40% of the thermal energy lost by a home in winter, and the heat gained by a home in summer. Unfortunately, glass is a great conductor of heat!
One of the main questions environmentally conscious homeowners often ask is, “How do I keep heat from leaving my windows?” One of the simplest ways is to install good quality interior curtains and/or outside sunshades – however, these can only do so much to insulate single pane windows. The best option is to install double glazing.
The most environmentally friendly windows are those that are double glazed – meaning they feature two panes of glass with a void in between filled with insulating gas. The addition of uPVC (Unplasticised Polyvinyl Chloride) composite frames also assists the windows’ thermal properties.
Double glazing improves sustainability because they effectively reduce the transfer of heat – the insulating gas in the void between the panes prevents heat from passing through. Simply put, this keeps your home cooler in summer and warmer in winter for reduced energy usage.
To put that U-value in context, the majority of Melbourne’s existing single glazed windows have a U-value of around 10. That means by installing windows with a double glazed u-Value of 1.2, your heating or cooling will only have to work just over one-tenth as hard as it did in your single glazed home.
To achieve superior insulation, every Ecostar double glazed window and door is a sealed unit that incorporates insulating chambers within its uPVC frame profile. This combination of double glazing and sustainable window frames provides a highly effective barrier to heat gain and heat loss, keeping your home cool in summer, and helping your home retain heat in winter so you’re cosy when the cold weather hits.
Best of all, Ecostar produces recyclable windows. Our frame profiles are manufactured with 50% recycled material, and all the raw materials contained in our uPVC double glazed windows and doors are recyclable up to 350 times, promoting the overall sustainability of your home.
Improve your home’s thermal performance with sustainable glass windows and doors from Ecostar. Our uPVC double glazed energy efficient windows provide an unmatched opportunity to improve your home’s energy performance rating, exceeding Australian Window Energy Rating Scheme standards with industry-leading insulation properties.
Keep your home’s temperature stable, eliminate hot and cold spots in rooms and insulate against Melbourne’s climate extremes with Ecostar. Call our experienced sales team on 1300 928 194 to find out more about our energy efficient, sustainable windows today.