Week 16 and how hot is this heat! As our air-conditioners keep us cool and we start to wonder about the power bill, its a good reminder to us all about why we are building the Innovation House. On days like this week it begs the question, will our house, designed specifically for the tropical weather conditions, stand up in this heat? And more importantly will it keep us cool, while keeping the power bill down? We are very excited to pose answers to these questions next summer!
In the meantime the house is on a small pause as we finalise all of the wiring, monitoring systems and NBN connections being installed in the house. Once we are 100% confident that we have put in everything we want and need the internal sheeting will begin on the house.
This week I’d like to introduce you to our custom made front door specifically made for the Innovation House. The team from Bradnam’s Townsville designed this one of a kind Glass Louver Door. The idea is that by having louvers on the front door and being able to open them, we will be able to capture the breeze and funnel it through the house, meaning that we should be able to cool the house, and keep it cool faster, and cheaper. Its one of the new features being implemented at the home to combat rising energy costs and use.
Have you ever driven by someone’s house and wondered why they have their roof in that colour? Or why did they choose steel over tiles?
The type of material you use on your roof, and the colour you choose will have a lasting impact on the temperature, energy and heating or cooling costs for the life of your home.
Having a cooler, more energy efficient building makes financial as well as environmental sense, so your choice of roof material is important. In the Innovation House we will trial a new product by COLORBOND®, called Coolmax® Steel in Whitehaven®. COLORBOND® Coolmax® steel aims to assist in maximising the thermal performance of your building, by potentially helping to reduce the annual cooling energy costs of your building by up to 7.5% when compared to COLORBOND® steel in Surfmist®.
In late 2012 the Innovation House had its roof installed, and as you can see it is quite a feature.
There are a number of incentives to installing the COLORBOND® Coolmax® steel including the potential for a reduction on the capacity of the air-conditioning equipment you install, as well as a payback on your initial investment premium within 5 years. If you’re interested in finding out more email firstname.lastname@example.org or give the office a call on (07) 4758 4758
Welcome to week 7, which I think may be one of the most exciting weeks so far. The purpose of Innovation House is to enable us to trial, test and collect data on how efficient a house can be, and to experiment with alternative avenues. This week we started to install the wiring and monitoring systems that James Cook University will use to monitor the house. The awesome guys from AV Design have been busy starting the long process of installing and connecting all the wiring. This process will take us up to Christmas.