Well-designed windows and doors can improve the level of comfort in your home all year round. This can reduce the requirements for heating in winter, whilst reducing the need for cooling in the summer.
Window configuration, orientation and glass performance can play a large role in the energy efficiency of your home. Well designed and correctly placed Glass Co Metro windows and doors, combined with the use of performance glass, can reduce your energy bills and reduce your impact on our environment.
Unlike other window systems on the market, Glass Co Metro windows and doors have been designed to accept thick glass and double glazing, without the need for additional unsightly adaptors and added material.
What are your glass options?
Glass is the most influential factor in window and door efficiency, accounting for up to 90% of thermal performance. Your Glass Co Metro windows and doors combined with high performance glass can make your home increasingly more comfortable and energy efficient.
There are many ways to make a home more comfortable. Air-conditioning, heating and fans can help, though these can increase energy consumption, costs and greenhouse emissions. The ideal situation is to keep your home at an ideal temperature through intelligent design, including products like Glass Co Metro windows and doors and the use of performance glass.
The Window Energy Rating Scheme enables windows to be rated and labelled for their annual energy impact on a whole house, in any climate of Australia. To participate in WERS, window makers must obtain energy ratings for their products from a rating organisation that is accredited by the AFRC (Australian Fenestration Rating Council).
The Window Energy Rating Scheme is managed by the Australian Window Association (AWA) and is independent of any one manufacturer and acts as a fair, rigorous and credible system for testing performance claims. WERS-rated windows must meet all relevant Australian standards. The scheme forms part of the quality assurance that Glass Co Metro offer to their clients.
See Glass Co Metro’s WERS List online.
Why you should choose energy rated windows:
Energy Rating for windows is here to stay. The federal government’s Australian Greenhouse Office helped to underwrite WERS as part of its commitment to improving energy efficiency and reducing greenhouse gas emissions from the built environment.
Home resale value, comfort and amenity are improved by the use of high-performance windows. We have moved from an industry traditionally considered as providing a commodity building material to be sold on price alone into offering true consumer goods viewed as performance appliances for energy, noise and security.
WERS conforms to the alternative solution path for energy efficiency within the Building Code of Australia.
Glass is the most influential factor in window and door efficiency, accounting for up to 90% of thermal performance. Your Glass Co Metro windows combined with high performance glass can make your home increasingly more comfortable and energy efficient.
There are many ways to make a home more comfortable. Air-conditioning, heating and fans can help, though these can increase energy consumption, costs and greenhouse emissions. The ideal situation is to keep your home at an ideal temperature through intelligent design, including products like Glass Co Metro and the use of performance glass.
Glass Co Metro’s range of available glazing types, offer these areas to consider when thinking about windows and glazing for your home:
By choosing the correct performance glass you can enjoy your views and natural light while controlling UV and glare.
Solar heat gain:
Solar heat is generated when sunlight passes through a window and heats the surfaces and air inside a home. Depending on where you live, homes can benefit from the natural warming effect of solar heat during winter and its reduction during summer. Good design and the appropriate selection of performance glass for the windows orientation can keep the home cooler in summer and warmer in winter.
When there is a difference in temperature between the inside and outside of a house you have heat flow. The greater the difference, the greater the heat flow, especially through windows using ordinary single glazing. The correct performance glass dramatically improves the energy efficiency performance of the window.
Based on an average house containing 8% area of glazing in the entire building fabric, as much as 49% of the heat lost during Winter and as much as 87% of the heat gained during Summer can come from the windows.