Condensation & Energy Efficiency

Analysis and rectification

Condensation is a growing and often hidden problem in Tasmanian homes. It is due in large part to modern energy efficiency measures, which increase the internal temperature of buildings and hence the water vapour inside the house.

There is a huge amount of misinformation around energy efficiency and its sometimes common partner- condensation. Additionally, many businesses will push certain solutions, which may not be best suited to a given situation

There is no "one size fits all" solution when it comes to condensation management and thermal efficiency. Only through taking the effort to understand the problem is it possible to find the correct solution.

Ionic Construction is one of the leaders in Australia in the analysis of rectification of condensation. We are also working with experts in the field to develop best practice construction methods to minimise condensation risk.

Did you know?

A "typical family" (4 person) home can generate over 70kg of water vapour each week from breathing, sweating, showers, washing, cooking, clothes dryers etc. If you really want to get your teeth into condensation then look at this.

Image of the process of measuring condensation

Energy Efficiency:

Putting insulation into your home is a great way to increase its energy efficiency, but there are many other ways this can be improved as well.

Bulk insulation deals with a lot of conductive and radiant heat losses. However, unless the convective losses (“air leakage”) are dealt with, only part of the problem is solved.

We can address the whole range of energy efficiency matters. This includes strip / insulate / recladding of walls, and sealing the building envelope from air leakage. Insulating the building in this way ensures correct placement of insulation and peak thermal performance.

Incorrectly installed insulation is not only lower performing, but it can create condensation and other moisture problems.

Did you know?

While new houses need to comply with 6 star energy ratings, most older homes in places like Launceston have energy ratings of 2 star or less.

Retrofilling insulation and vapour permeable membrane to 1930s house

Energy Efficiency:
New work

Image of a warm room

Energy efficiency is something a lot of people talk about, but which very few people really understand.

Using good design and good detailing during construction, a "standard" brick veneer home with single glazed aluminium windows can achieve a seven star energy rating (out of a maximum ten stars).

Architects will say that energy efficiency is dictated principally by the design, and this is partly true. The big problem is poor detailing during construction, which results in homes that fall well short of their theoretical performance.

If you are really serious about energy efficiency (and not many people are) we will work with a-grade architects from the outset to create something outstanding. We are always developing and improving construction methods to push the boundaries of energy efficiency.

We challenge you to find another builder (or even architect or building specifier) anywhere in Tasmania who has a better understanding of energy efficiency.

Did you know?

Placement of thermal mass and its ability to absorb and release heat just as important as the amount of thermal mass in a building.

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