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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.

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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25 October 2017

Recessed Windows: Is a New Aesthetic Needed?

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Recently there seems to be a developing interest in locating domestic aluminium windows to align with the thermal insulation zone of exterior walls. This interest seems to be focused on thermally broken window frames and the by-passing of the thermal break which occurs with current window installation details.

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21 September 2017

There is More to Insulation Than Just the R-value

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When there is talk of thermal insulation 'R-values' soon come into the conversation, but how do they relate to the actual thermal comfort of a building? And are they the primary determinant of the thermal comfort of a home?

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