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Well we built a modest home in the hills. Extra insulation and yes double glazing. After much sucking of teeth and doubt from builder they sourced the windows for much less than they thought. Didn't increase the costs that much at all and the Windows are still good nearly 8 years on.
Doesnt have to to cosr the earth and now standard in new builds in Tas.
Time me they caught up.
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Double glazing is becoming quite common in new builds as it's needed to reach the required 5 star rating. When our neighbours built just over 3 years ago they were told they needed it on the windows on the west side and decided to put it in for all the windows. It was still aluminium frames though. When we built ours we specified UPVc double glazing and upgraded the insulation (to R3.5 in the walls and R5 in the roof if anyone is interested). The builders found a UPVc double glazing place for us but we had already found several ourselves. The place the builders used told us they were regular suppliers to a different building firm (I can't remember exactly which). We also spoke to another, higher end, builder who regularly use UPVc in their builds due to the energy efficiency.
Yes people here have been lead to believe it is very expensive and that you can't easily get domestic Windows. This really wasn't the case when we built and certainly isn't now. More people are using dg when building their homes. Architects and builders need to be convinced though
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I have had a look at my daughters plans. She's building a big unit in her back garden in Port Noarlunga...I mean big (160 square metres). The architect has stipulated triple glazing...strange sizes that don't seem standard...and the build is a 6 star rating that has been approved by Onkaparinga council.
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That's interesting about the ' plastic ' Windows I have now looked on the web and noticed there is a place at Lonsdale doing Rehau which has a good name It's years since we looked at that type of window and there was only one company doing them and the costs were huge
My son does more commercial work than housing and aluminium is still the norm
Interesting about a large unit in the back garden too as we plan to either extend at my sons or build a separate unit and its Onkaparinga Council Has your daughter split the block though ie a different title ? Don't think our son can do that as his place is rural
well not quite : it's the fresh air that is good for you, not the draughts:
the Dept of Industry Innovation and Science believe about 25% of heating and cooling costs can be cut by reducing draughts
Guess we still need to fix the draughts, but find other ways of bringing in the fresh air. Personally I always sleep (-all year round-) with the front and back doors open but with the security doors locked...... works fine - best of both worlds