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Home Design Guides: Climate control, Energy efficiency

Double glazing

What are double glazed windows?

  • Reduces heat transfer very effectively
  • Excellent acoustic insulation
  • Costs much more than single glazing
Low-e glass

Low-e glass

  • Improves solar and thermal control
  • Reduces UV transmission
  • Relatively expensive
  • Can reduce solar heat gain in winter
Energy efficient cooling

Energy efficient cooling

Energy efficiency is a genuine and serious concern when it comes to cooling. Some systems use far more than others - find out what's right for your needs.

MEPS label

MEPS labels and ratings for air conditioners

Air conditioners come with labels these days that indicate how efficiently they're able to cool (and to heat, if they're reverse-cycle models). Find out more about these labels and what to look for.

Cooling performance considerations

Cooling performance considerations

Finding the right cooling systems for your home is all about how your house is designed, how efficient you want it to be, where you live and how much you want to spend.

Energy efficient ventilation

Energy efficient ventilation

A well-designed ventilation system, natural or powered, can help make your home far more energy efficient.

How to measure infiltration and air tightness

Part of establishing how well your home fares in terms of passive design is to establish how 'tight' it is. Learn more about how to test how much air leaks from your home.

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Underfloor and slab heating

Underfloor heating is a popular heating option for dwellings that experience colder climates. Learn about the different types of underfloor heating available.

Energy efficient insulation

Having the right insulation can make a huge difference to the amount of energy your home needs to stay at a comfortable temperature, and will also help to reduce your carbon footprint.

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