How to save energy with automatic integral blinds

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10 December 2023


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Double-glazed windows, in Australia, often only associated with large commercial and high-end residential projects, are making their entry into the broader residential market. Unparalleled thermal efficiency and the new NCC (​​National Construction Code) regulation for energy efficiency put the spotlight on these energy savers, which combined with integral automatic blinds, help residential and commercial projects reduce their carbon footprint significantly.

Many Australian homes are designed to embrace the concept of indoor-outdoor living. This lifestyle involves large glass doors and windows that allow a seamless transition between the interior and exterior spaces. At the same time, large glass panes are responsible for the highest energy loss inside homes. In fact, up to 40 per cent of a home’s heating energy can be lost and up to 87 per cent of its heat gained through windows

 Enter double-glazing. What has been standard in Europe for many years, is now growing in popularity in the land Down Under. And with the new National Construction Code regulation, demanding that new homes and apartments in NSW, QLD, ACT and Victoria have to achieve a NatHERS 7-star rating, double glazing will move even more into the spotlight. 

“Australians love big windows and doors that open up to the outdoors, and the only way to achieve this new energy efficiency standard with large windows will be to use double-glazed windows,” says Lido Russo from IG Blinds

All IG Blind systems are manufactured in Australia with premium European components

Windows and blinds team up for unparalleled energy efficiency

What’s more, when double-glazed windows form an eco-conscious alliance with integral blind systems, they deliver unparalleled energy efficiency. 

These modern automatic blinds, seamlessly incorporated within the window unit, act as a dynamic shield against external elements, regulating light and temperature with automated precision. 

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Manufactured in Australia with premium quality, European components

IG Blinds offers complete units for window manufacturers assembled in Australia to AS4666 standards with premium-quality European internal blind systems.

“Our internal blind systems come with German motors and Italian components. We assemble and seal them inside the double-glazed unit and supply customers the complete window with frames or the window fabricators with the complete double-glazed units already assembled with blinds,” explains Lido. 

integral blinds can also assist in reducing the solar factor of a typical double-glazed unit by up to 53 per cent | IG Blinds
Maximised thermal insulation | IG Blinds

Benefits of integral blind systems

All IG Blinds systems feature warm edge spacer bar technology to maximize the thermal insulation of the sealed unit and, hence, significantly improve the thermal insulation of the overall window performance. The addition of these integral blinds can also assist in reducing the solar factor of a typical double-glazed unit by up to 53 per cent. 

From enhanced privacy and reduced maintenance costs to a substantial reduction in energy consumption, there are multifaceted advantages of integral internal blinds. Being captured between two panes of glass means that they will never get damaged, dusty, or require maintenance. Kids and pets can’t reach them, as they are hermetically sealed inside the glass unit. 

No 1, Sydney Harbour | Automated integral blinds by IG Blinds
Automated integral blinds by IG Blinds

Energy efficiency for commercial and residential projects

One Sydney Harbour, a luxurious tower in Sydney’s vibrant suburb Barangaroo, features automated integral blinds from IG Blinds on the top 20 floors. 

The architect’s brief for a private property in Sydney’s Northern Beaches suburb, Elanora Heights, was to create a warm and uncluttered home that captures ocean views and light, using large windows as picture frames for the beautiful surroundings. The home features 37 windows and sliding doors up to 2500 x 3000mm wide, 27 of which are fitted with IG blinds internal blind systems.

To assist with thermal efficiency and keep the large open-plan home cool in summer and warm in winter without relying on air conditioning, premium European UPVC frames were used for all windows fitted with double-glazed units featuring low e-coated glass.

Elanora Heights property with modern automatic blinds by IG Blinds
Internal automatic blind systems by IG Blinds

26 years of experience in double-glazed windows

IG Blinds’ integral blind units are made to order in QLD and come with a 10-year warranty, manufactured to meet the most stringent energy building regulations, for residential, commercial or public infrastructure, and feature the latest glazing systems. 

Homeowners can control these modern automatic blinds with the Smart Home app. Guaranteeing year-round comfort and improved energy efficiency in all climates, IG Blinds are available in either double or triple glazing and available for all projects and applications, including windows, doors, skylights, conservatories and facades.

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