Sustainability WA

Archive for April 2020

How a BAL Rating is Calculated

How is a BAL Rating In our previous articles we have discussed what a BAL rating is. If you haven’t seen that article you can read it here: What is a BAL rating. But you may ask, how is a BAL rating calculated? A BAL rating is calculated using the calculation methods in AS3959. There…

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How a Bushfire Attacks your Home

How does a Bushfire your Home? When we picture a house or building being destroyed by a bushfire we often imagine the flames from the fire directly attacking the house overtaking the house. But did you know that houses have been lost that are over 700 metres from the fire front? And that most houses…

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What Influences Bushfire Behaviour?

What Influences Bushfire The term bushfire behaviour refers to how a bushfire will react to surrounding environmental conditions and landscape. Why is this important? Because, if we understand the way a bushfire is likely to behave, it will allow us to predict the intensity, rate of travel and, direction of a bushfire, in a given…

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Considering Passive Design

Considering Design Lots are getting smaller and the ability to design a house that incorporates passive design is becoming progressively difficult. It has been noted that there are several core factors in the design process that are to be considered, there is orientation, materialistic factors such as thermal mass, ventilation, insulation, shading and glazing to…

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Energy Efficiency Compliance VS Sustainability

Energy Efficiency Compliance Sustainability Sustainable Development is best known by the phrase that “Sustainable development is development that meets the needs of the present without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs”. While there has been many interpretations of what sustainable development is, this notion of “Sustainable Development” is one that…

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Double Glazing Myths

Double Glazing The energy efficiency of a building is influenced by many different design aspects. Orientation, insulation, ventilation, shading, sealing and building size are all important, and all interact with each other. In the face of this complexity, double glazed windows are often touted as a key ingredient of energy efficient buildings. Double glazing salesmen…

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