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Why Isn’t Australia Keeping Up With Energy Efficient Building?
Excerpt from article written by uPVC Windows CEO Sophi MacMillan and published on industry news website Sourceable.
Myths and misconceptions, poor standards and slow industry are some of the reasons why Australia is lagging the world, having inefficient residential and commercial buildings.
Overseas, the move to energy efficient building happened over 30years ago. The US and Europe have long been driving sustainable construction through government initiatives, industry building codes and standards. However, the Australian building sector has been slow at ensuring all factors of construction are contributing to energy efficiency and greenhouse gas emissions reduction.
Residential windows in Australia typically perform very poorly in terms of thermal efficiency. Windows are the single most important source of heat loss from an insulated building - an unprotected single pane of ordinary glass loses almost 10 times more heat than the same area of insulated wall. There has long been a misconception in Australia that double glazing is only for cold climates to keep the cold outside, but double glazing is also just as effective in keeping the heat of an Australian summer out.