Winter has well and truly arrived,
signalled by plunging temperatures and souring energy costs. When the mercury
drops, most heating bills skyrocket as homeowners try and fight a losing battle
in heating poorly insulated households. Due to the inadequate insulation found
in many existing Australian homes, this heat is lost through the thermal
envelope almost as fast as the heat source can generate it it. In short, it
means that a huge amount of electricity is being used to inefficiently maintain
a comfortable room temperature - and electricity, as we all know, costs money.
Composite Global Solutions live and breathe
insulation, literally - their company’s founder lives in the original, award
winning THERMOHouse. Mikael's own THERMOHouse employs in-slab
floor and radiant ceiling heating set on a timer to switch on a couple of hours
before the family rises in the morning before switching off again for the rest
of the day - and that is all the heating that is required to keep Mikael and his
family in efficient, sustainable and low-cost comfort throughout even the
coldest winter periods.
HERMOHouse's utilise the THERMOMASS insulation
system which consists of a precast concrete panel containing a central core of
rigid THERMOMASS insulation sandwiched between an interior and
exterior concrete skin. In the THERMOMASS precast concrete panel, the
insulation is placed towards the outside of the thermal envelope, allowing the
greater thermal mass of the thicker interior concrete skin to be used to
significantly dampen diurnal swings.
This results in consistent temperatures
year round, and in the case of the original THERMOHouse, maximum diurnal
swings of only 5 degrees. Built in 2002, the house is still operating like new
with consistent annual savings on electricity bills of over 50 per cent
compared to other poorly insulated houses of comparable size.
With close to 100 THERMOHouses having
been built since the company’s inception, and with several more on the books
for next year, let us help you maximize the sustainability and comfort of your
next residential project.
If you're interested in learning how THERMOMASS visit
the website and learn more.