News Category: Insulation

Hot in the city

Urban Heat Island Effect You may have noticed that – like the Billy Idol song – it’s getting hot in the city. Just in case I am showing my age and this means nothing to you here it is! This increase in temperature is due to what is known as the Urban Heat Island Effect … Read more

Australian Architects at Home

Australian architects at home ReNew reader Sharon McGann recently interviewed four sustainability-focused architects and building designers in NSW to discover their views on the history and future of sustainable home architecture in Australia. Caroline Pidcock Pidcock: Architecture + Sustainability What are some highlights of where we’ve come from and where we’re going with sustainable home … Read more

Windows

Watch wasteful windows Windows are a source of heat gain in summer and heat loss during winter. The most effective solution? Install a ‘buffer’ against heat transfer; below are some of our favourites. Install thick curtains or blinds. Thick curtains and blinds act to trap a layer of insulating air between the window and the … Read more

Winter is coming!

Hugging is a a good way to keep warm in winter! Here are some other great tips on ways to beat the cold without increasing your bills or your carbon footprint: Dress for the weather – even when you’re inside you can wear a warm jumper and slippers to keep the heating costs down. Heat moderately … Read more

Preparing for summer

Spring has well and truly arrived. Trees are blossoming, bees are out and some of us are very relieved to be putting away our beanies and winter coats for a while. But it probably won’t be long before the heat gets more extreme and this can get us down, while making our energy bills go … Read more