Integra Windows and Doors provides energy-efficient building materials to aid building-code compliance.

As the Australian government pushes for net-zero carbon emissions by 2050, major restrictions are being implemented across a number of sectors.

The construction industry is reshaping how it operates after the Australian Building Codes Board released the 2022 National Construction Code (NCC) that details a number of requirements that all new residential builds will have to comply with by October 1, 2023.

Chief among the changes is a considered focus on energy efficiency which states that new builds will need to comply with an increase in the level of thermal comfort and a whole-of-house energy-use budget.

In order to meet these targets, construction companies, builders and home renovators are now on the hunt for quality products that comply with the NCC changes.

When it comes to providing energyefficient building materials, Sydney-based Integra Windows and Doors has become a market leader since launching in 2015.

Having already carved out a section of the industry servicing customers searching for sustainable window and door solutions, Integra managing director Kathrin Sender says it is looking forward to expanding off the back of the NCC.

“This shift is expected to broaden Integra’s market reach beyond its current focus on supplying custom-built luxury homes,’’ she says. ‘‘With the affordability and effectiveness of Integra’s offerings aligning well with the NCC demands, [we are] likely to cater to a wider range of projects, including new constructions and renovations.”

Integra has been meeting the needs of clients searching for energy-efficient windows and doors by using a uPVC material during the manufacturing process. This superior material is a popular choice when building a home as it has a dual ability to eliminate both heat and cold conductivity.

Not only does this prevent the growth of mould but its thermal insulation helps households significantly reduce their energy costs, it offers a luxurious finish and it is an incredibly sturdy material that does not corrode over time.

“Households do not have to rely on running heaters and air-conditioners all the time to establish comfortable living conditions,” Sender says. “By reducing the use of heaters and air-conditioners each household is able to dramatically reduce their energy bills and establish an overall healthier home environment.”

As the construction industry looks to invest in more sustainable materials, Sender says uPVC is a great eco-friendly option. The material has become a popular choice in recent years after a focus on developing it to meet the rise in demand for environmentally friendly construction processes.

“Since the early days of uPVC in Australia, the general uPVC product has evolved further, primarily through extensive research and development from established brands, [and] has been adapted to the specifics of the Australian climate, making the product robust and long-lasting” she says.

As its extensive range of sustainable windows and doors expands, Integra Windows and Doors is focused on helping the construction industry transition into a more environmentally friendly space.

With the sector evolving at a rapid pace, the company looks set to remain a leader in catering to mainstream and luxury high-end residential builds as Australia moves towards a more sustainable future.


Shared from the 8/28/2023 Sydney Morning Herald eEdition


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