With increasing environmental awareness many consumers are making choices in which environmental sustainability is a key factor. Choosing the best products for your home requires some research, but you’re in the right place if you’re looking for window dressings that care for you and the environment.
Norman knows how important insulation is for reducing not only our carbon footprint but the day-to-day costs of running a house. We’ve been in the business for over 40 years and sustainability is always at the forefront of our mind.
The majority of a household’s energy consumption is for heating and cooling purposes, accounting for a whopping 38% of your home’s total energy consumption.
Windows are one of the worst offenders losing more heat per square meter in winter and gaining more heat in summer than any other building surface. Choosing your window dressings wisely can see you through the four seasons in comfort and style.
Our Honeycomb shades are one way to help insulate window spaces. The cellular structure of the shade traps air which acts as an additional layer of insulation. The shade’s unique honeycomb shape increases thermal resistance, effectively reducing heat gain or loss in a window space.
Norman recently collaborated with the Innovation Hub for Affordable Heating and Cooling (i-Hub)* to test how efficient our range of honeycomb shades are at reducing energy consumption and carbon emissions. We tested our shades in an aged care facility north of Brisbane and the results were amazing!
The tests showed an average reduction in heat transfer of 56% when using a honeycomb shade. The installation of the shades and correct usage was estimated to save the facility over $10,000 each year in energy costs.
Honeycomb shades come in varying cell sizes with a choice between single, double or triple layers. There is a clear correlation between the size and number of cells of the blind and a reduction in heat transfer. The more cells, the better insulated your window will be.
Another factor to consider is the time of day you raise or lower your blinds. Keeping your blinds closed on those really hot or really cold days will reduce your energy costs even further.
Saving the environment can also mean savings in your pocket.
The i-Hub study demonstrated the most significant energy savings were over the summer months meaning now is the perfect time to contact one of our retail partners to start taking advantage of these potential savings.
We work closely with our retail partners to make your customer experience the best it can be. Together we can tailor shades to your needs and help you make the right decision for your window space.
Honeycomb shades keep your internal spaces warm in winter and cool in summer. Our opaque shades can even filter light while providing you with the benefits of insulation. Comfort all year round!
Contact us for an obligation free quote and let’s work together to create a sustainable future for the next generation.
*The Innovation Hub for Affordable Heating and Cooling (i-Hub) is an initiative led by the Australian Institute of Refrigeration, Air Conditioning and Heating (AIRAH) in conjunction with CSIRO, Queensland University of Technology (QUT), the University of Melbourne and the University of Wollongong and supported by Australian Renewable Energy Agency (ARENA) to facilitate the heating, ventilation, air conditioning and refrigeration (HVAC&R) industry’s transition to a low emissions future, stimulate jobs growth, and showcase HVAC&R innovation in buildings.