When you're building or renovating your home, energy efficiency and sound insulation are usually among your chief concerns. You want to be sure that you aren't spending more than you should on your DEWA bill or AC bill, and you enjoy the peace and quiet. In order to make sure that your home is as sound-proof and energy efficient as possible, make sure you're checking these key steps.
1. Upgrade your windows and doors
Windows and doors can lose as much as 20% of the hot or cool air inside your home, depending on the season. While it might not be possible to prevent energy loss entirely, you can substantially reduce your energy bill by installing high quality windows. Manufactured from energy-efficient, premium aluminium, Origin door frames and window frames are designed to withstand diverse weather conditions, including extreme heat, with advanced triple weather seals to ensure your home is kept cool during the summer months. VELUX has as a range of roof windows and blinds with smart sensors for automatic adjustment to changes in light and temperature.
2. Fill the spaces
If you own an older home, it may be useful to go through the house and check gaps around windows and doors, even if you aren't able to update them. Simply filling those gaps can make a big difference in your energy use. Filling in gaps around interior walls and doors can also help reduce sound transmission within the house. Carpets, furniture and draping can be used to fill the gaps while adding sound insulation capabilities.
3. Invest in the right kind of glass
Due to the intense nature of the summers in this Gulf region, it goes without say that you need double glazed windows at the very least to keep your home cool. More layers of glass produce better thermal and sound insulation. UAE Green Building Guidelines provide a list of recommendations to ensure premium thermal and sound insulation including using glazing that
- has a low E Coating - an energy efficient reflective coating placed on the interior of the outer window pane.
- has a low Solar Heat Gain Coefficient (SHGC). A glazing option with low SHGC will transmit less solar radiation
- is laminated. The poly-vinyl butyl (PVB) found between the glass panes in laminated glass provides even better sound reduction, UV protection, and security.
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