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Keith Huntington
Keith Huntington
on Maximising Thermal Efficiency
Architectural Consultant

Keith Huntington of EcoRate Ltd is a registered architect involved in passive solar design and the objective analysis of buildings using thermal simulation modelling.

26 August 2019

Holistic Approach Key to the Energy Efficiency of Building Products

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There are many products in the market each promoting their individual thermal performance, but when incorporated into a building the actual ‘real-life,’ performance becomes dependent upon the interaction of all the materials and products used in the construction.

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22 July 2019

Homestar Ratings: Moving Beyond 6 Stars

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While in the normal course of events, most newly constructed homes in an urban setting can achieve a 6 Homestar rating, if there is an aspiration for higher ratings, then there is value in looking at where points can be gained at an early stage in the design process. 

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24 June 2019

The Insulating Effect of the Humble Curtain Revisited

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The results of a simple experiment to demonstrate the value of well-fitted curtains.

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19 April 2019

ANZ Bank Incentivises Homestar Ratings

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As an incentive to sustainable housing, in mid-April the ANZ Bank announced that it is offering reductions to some of its interest rates and fees, subject to particular conditions, if the property being financed has a minimum Homestar rating of 6 stars.

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21 March 2019

Is it Time to Start Thinking About Sustainable Suburbs?

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It is coming to be accepted that there is a personal and, to a lesser extent, a national benefit in having energy generation and water collection within the family home, but the conversation has not yet extended to applying this thinking to a co-operative community setting.

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17 October 2018

Photovoltaic and Solar Water Panels: What to Choose?

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When reviewing advertisements and promotional materials it appears that photovoltaic (PV) solar panels are promoted, with solar water panels being essentially ignored — why?

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21 June 2018

Can Thermal Performance Be Measured Objectively?

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The thermal performance of a house is determined by the complex interaction of a variety of major influences. With higher performance being desired, and demanded, it becomes more important that an objective measure is used for an assessment to be meaningful.

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16 May 2018

Thermal Performance: Which Materials are Best?

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When designing buildings for thermal performance, which criteria should dominate when it comes to the selection of building materials?

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23 March 2018

Natural Ventilation: Was the Old Way So Bad?

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Should we be reviewing the natural ventilation aspects of the standard form of windows commonly used in our modern houses?

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24 November 2017

How Cold Does it Actually Get?

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Does the disconnect between the standard temperatures used for thermal performance research, and the actual interior and climatic temperatures to which building are exposed, cause confusion?

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