We are witnessing the end of the “throw away” society. People are looking at how and where they can make best use of the dollar, they will complete a due diligence on major purchases, use the web as a source of research material, and professional and expert advice will be sought. This is the effects of not only the GFC but also of understanding that our environment is under threat.
Australians are a nation who strive to own their home and this is traditionally their main investment. Our homes and buildings reflect our love of light, air and the outdoors. In order to keep this openness we have issues with heat transfer, so relentlessly use air conditioning for our comfort.
It is a known fact that we need to change our habits and look for ways of minimizing our foot print while maintaining our comfort. One way to do this is to look at the value of wood. This is a material remarkable for the complexity of its structure and the variety of its qualities. It is one of the few natural materials that is found almost ready for use. In growth its contribution to the environment is not solely limited to the beauty of the growing tree and forest, it has significant ecological importance in the carbon cycle. Once the tree has been felled the material is easily fashioned into functional items which will last for generations, assuming it is the appropriate wood for the application. This makes wood a valuable asset, a serious prospect for the responsible home investor.
Beyond the obvious benefits of wood as a sustainable product is the importance of the insulation properties of this natural material. Wood should be listed as a priority material in home and corporate design to reduce energy usage. We recognise the role and importance of insulating our walls and roof space, we look to the sun and wind as efficient means of heating our water and powering buildings but what we have been slow to recognise is the need to insulate glass areas of our buildings. Heat transfer through glass is significant. Forward thinking designers and home owners have recognised the benefits offered by applying Western Red Cedar timber shutters inside the glass. This can reduce heat transfer by up to 50%.
OpenShutters a local family company, have been designing and manufacturing timber window shutters for 20 years. They have been touted over this time as a fashion item but in truth their function and importance goes far beyond this. If you have lived with these timber shutters you will know it is a fact they help keep the heat out, or in colder climates keep the heat in. They allow windows and doors to be open for airflow, while protecting furnishings from fade. They will last for generations. Internal wooden shutters are a once in a buildings lifetime purchase, they are a long term investment.
OpenShutters are well positioned to assist you when you are making the serious decisions related to covering your windows and doors. The manufacture facility here in Australia is totally focused on offering the best products and solutions for the Australian climate, architecture and lifestyle. The family owned business has been involved in woodworking since 1984 and has won awards for their training programs, environmental practices and innovations in manufacturing.
Tuesday, 26 October 2010