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Our Electricity Consumption creates Zero Emissions

Can you have completely renewable electricity that produces no greenhouse gas emissions?
Energy Efficiency isn’t just in our name, it’s what we strive for. We’d like to show you that going “green” is not only an achievable goal, but in many […]

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Elemental Trading Part 3: External Floors

This article is the final instalment of a three-part series examining elemental trading in a Verification Method (JV3) Thermal simulation. The series discusses the effects that solar absorptance, insulation and thermal mass have on the performance of the building envelope. […]

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Elemental Trading, Part 2: External Walls

This article is the second of a three-part series discussing elemental trading in a Verification Method JV3 thermal simulation. The series discusses the effect solar absorptance, insulation and thermal mass have on the performance of the building envelope. In the […]

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Elemental Trading, Part 1: Roofs

This article is the first instalment of a three-part series examining elemental trading in a Verification Method (JV3) Thermal simulation. The series discusses the effect solar absorptance, insulation and thermal mass have on the performance of the building envelope. In […]

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4 Things an Inexperienced Assessor Could Cost You

“The bitterness of poor quality remains long after the sweetness of low price is forgotten” -Benjamin Franklin
Considering a low Fee Proposal for an Energy Efficiency assessment? Before choosing an assessor, you should know what potential ‘hidden costs’ you might face […]

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Thinking beyond 6 Stars avoids $27,000 in building alteration costs

We were recently referred a client who was having difficulty getting a Building Solution for their new home in South East Queensland. The 330m² two–storey house on a 10m by 30m footprint with a long span of windows facing East-West […]

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How can you reduce the cost of insulating a Building Envelope?

The first step to answering this question is to ask another question: what exactly is included in your building envelope? But the answer is more complicated than you might first think. Correctly or incorrectly defining the building envelope can significantly […]

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How Ceiling Fans Work, Thermally Speaking

In hotter climates, ceiling fans can provide a big increase in a building’s energy efficiency rating. But how does the National Construction Code (NCC) & National House Energy Rating Scheme (NatHERS) Software calculate their exact benefit? Time to get technical!
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Can you Convert a House Star Rating to Dollars?

What’s a Star Rating worth? How can you estimate the cost of electricity for heating & cooling your home from a House Star Rating? Is it even possible? It is, but it requires a little work. You’ll need to find […]

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Hints for low-cost Energy-efficient designs

Heat transfer to and from a building occurs in only three ways: Radiation, Conduction and Convection. The physical laws and ways to control each form of heat transfer are different. Heat transfers through the roof, external walls, windows, and floor. […]

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