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High performance double glazing - a transformative material in smart building design

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Australia is at least twenty years behind Europe and North America when it comes to high performance housing, and the windows that Australians use in their home design play a large role in that.


Double glazing is regarded as a transformative building material in improving the thermal and acoustic performance of a home, but in Australia, many misconceptions around double glazing remain, with many consumers believing it’s only required for colder climates.  


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Having recently aligned with the Vinyl Council, Viridian Home Comfort is committed to working with the uPVC fabricator community to help educate Australian homeowners on the impact windows and glass have on their everyday life.

“We are delighted to partner with the Vinyl Council as it offers great opportunity to work with uPVC fabricators to create high quality products that will help transform the spaces we live and interact in on a daily basis,” explains Samantha Anderson, Business Development Manager at Viridian Home Comfort.


“Viridian has done its homework. We know what consumers want and have developed our product range accordingly to meet these demands,” Mrs Anderson adds.


Natural light and comfort are essential home design elements, in fact 1 in 6 people will pay whatever it takes for more natural light and comfort when they are investing in a new home.


“Viridian wanted to deliver a glass option to help consumers elevate their home’s comfort and performance – so we developed LightBridge™, a high performance window that behaves like a “window” when it comes to light but behaves like a “wall” when it comes to insulation,” explains Mrs Anderson.


LightBridge™ is a range of high performance Insulating Glass Units (IGUs) that offer homeowners the opportunity to more than double the glazed area in a home as compared to the same home using ordinary glass.


Choosing high performance double glazed windows means the window to floor ratio can be much larger while still achieving the required BASIX and NatHERS star rating, providing the consumer with exactly what they want: light, views, energy efficiency and an enhanced connection to the outside world.  


The LightBridge™ range is configured for three standard make-ups: base product, Sanctuary Level 1 and Sanctuary Level 2. Each offers differing levels of enhanced noise reduction, security and UV-control depending on what the homeowner needs are, the specific site requirements or demands of the neighbouring environment.


“Glass has a huge impact on the liveability and comfort of a home. A typical, adequately-insulated home that uses ordinary glass can lose up to 40 per cent of heat through the windows in winter. The same windows allow up to 87 per cent of solar heat gain during summer,” says Mrs Anderson.


An entry-level energy efficiency glass product can improve insulation over ordinary glass by around a third, but a higher performing glass such as Viridian’s LightBridge, can more than double this improvement in insulation performance.


“Ultimately if consumers want to maximise their home’s potential and achieve a better designed, better quality and better valued home, they need to include high quality energy efficient window frames with high performance glass,” adds Mrs Anderson. 


“Viridian is committed to working with our industry partners to better educate people on how to transform spaces through smart glass and window selection,” adds Mrs Anderson.


“At Viridian we are excited to share our love of glass with our partners. We pride ourselves on working in close collaboration with them to help deliver the best quality product to the end user,” Mrs Anderson concludes.


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