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Housing : March 2009
Insulation Feature allow them to offer their own clients sustainable home design and construction services. Key to ensuring these homes achieve high levels of efficiencies in both energy and water savings are the products included in each home. According to Green Homes, insulation and solar hot water systems will make the single biggest contribution to energy savings in residential constructions. Green Homes Australia’s products Above: Air-Cell’s thermo-reflective insulation is easy to install and free from toxic chemicals. which revealed that the actual R-value of most types of insulation was found to be up to 60 per cent less than its certified R-value when measured in-situ. ‘These issues emphasise the importance of independent certification to ensure you’re getting what you pay for.’ Choosing the right insulation for the climate will have bearing on the energy efficiency of the home. It is estimated that the environmental benefits of the insulation component of the government’s energy efficient homes program could result in almost all Australian homes operating at a minimum of a two-star energy rating by 2020. This is welcome news to all those working to raise the standards of sustainable home construction across Australia. One such company is Green Homes Australia, which continues to partner with new builders each month to Design Software for Professionals SoftPlan is a software program dedicated to the design of residential and light commercial buildings. Use SoftPlan's easy to use drawing tools to create the Floor Plans, then let SoftPlan automatically generate the Elevations, Cross Sections, 3D Images and Material list. partners – Fletchers Insulation, Caroma Dorf, Dux Hot Water and Bushmans Tanks – all make a significant contribution in helping both builders and consumers get the best ‘green’ products into their homes, and the best efficiencies out of their home. This includes offering consumers a retrofitting package to upgrade the water and energy efficiencies of their homes, and take full advantage of the latest round of rebates on offer from state and federal governments. Mick Fabar, principal of Green Homes Australia, says he is ‘amazed homes are Want to see more ? Call (02) 4657 1874 to arrange an on-line demonstration with one of our sales representatives. Produce working drawings with ease, speed and accuracy. Build with objects - draw with objects. No more drawing line by line. Pre-Setup for install and draw, providing almost instant results. DWG & DXF import and export. Links directly to Quickbooks®. Site plan mode, sun studies, complex roof design, decking tools, kitchen cabinet layouts. Custom profile libraries for interior fixout. Electrical layouts. Produce 3Dimensional images with lights, shadows and reflections for advertising brochures. SoftPlan has many automatic drawing functions, however you still have complete customisation, allowing you to retain that personal style. Easy to use for the beginner yet feature packed for the professional. ”Anyone can use SoftPlan” Supplied with detailed printed user guide and FREE support. No ongoing subscription fees. FREE membership to SPLASH - SoftPlan users group. FREE file viewer. For your FREE demonstration kit and trial DVD call (02) 46571874 or visit www.cadbuild.com.au email@example.com Version 14 Photo courtesy Air-Cell