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Green Smart Magazine : GreenSmart 2010
greensmart 2010 77 Diagram courtesy KristalBond Window films can be retrofitted as well, and are a less expensive alternative to double glazing. New to the Australian market In February Cyndan Chemicals launched an innovative window coating system called KristalBond. 'This is nano-technology right on the cutting edge, and it's going to be great for the window industry and the environment,' says Cyndan owner, Sami Raheb. The technology -- a liquid -- can be applied to glass, both new and in situ. Whereas other tints block out most of the visible light and allow for the transmission of infrared, KristalBond works in the opposite. It blocks 90 per cent of solar infrared and cuts out 99.9 per cent of UV rays so you get more light rather than heat. And the coating is almost invisible too. The result is that the thermal comfort of the home can be significantly improved, because the window glass selectively reflects away the undesirable parts of our solar spectrum. 'The cost savings in reduced electricity requirements is significant for home and business owners as it works for all climates as an insulator, so in the colder seasons heat will be retained inside and in hotter temperatures, heat will be rejected outside,' Sami explains. In addition, unlike clear Low E coatings applied in a factory, the KristalBond system is easily retrofitted on site onto any window. Looking ahead There's no denying that Australia's different climates affect the uptake of each various window application. As Tracey Gramlick explains: 'The price and payback can be quite different, but the whole point is to reduce putting on your heating and cooling. Every step enables you to do this as long as the windows don't work in isolation. ' She says in Canberra and Melbourne for example, prices on double glazing have reduced by as much as 30 per cent, while window films in Queensland offer a 'good quick fix' because they can be applied directly onto the glass. 'In the housing market there's a long way to go, but as the years move on, we will move towards more of this technology becoming available,' Tracey says. The future of window film technology is looking bright. gs For more information go to: Australian Window Association www.awa.org.au. Window Film Association of Australia and New Zealand www.wfaanz.org.au. KristalBond www.kristalbond.com.au. Dyesol www.dyesol.com.au. BSMART bricks and pavers are a composite clay and concrete product. They are made from surplus clays removed from construction sites and building waste rubble. Both of these materials would otherwise go to landfill. BSMART bricks and pavers are independently verified low embodied-energy products. Made using our unique low energy consuming technology, BSMART products are highly cost competitive and sought after by green builders and architects seeking to boost the environmental credentials of their housing developments. See our bricks and pavers in extensive use at two of South Australia's most sustainable housing developments - Lochiel Park at Campbelltown and Beyond at Hayborough - or visit our display at 94 James Street, Campbelltown. BSMART bricks and pavers are quality tested for strength and durability in accordance with AS/NZS 4456. High in density with a natural textured finish, BSMART bricks and pavers come in a variety of sizes and colours ranging from sandy gold to rich ochre red and charcoal, making them suitable for a wide a range of applications. BSMART Help to build a better future. Manufacturing Address : 94 James Street Campbelltown SA 5074 Phone: 08 8389 9499 Fax: 08 8389 9497 email@example.com Postal Address : PO Box 93 Balhannah SA 5242 www.bsmartaustralia.com