Thermal Performance In Tiny Homes
As the demand for compact, energy efficient living spaces continues to rise, tiny homes are becoming more and more appealing to the Australian consumer.
A “tiny home” refers to a compact dwelling that is typically under 37sqm. These homes are often mobile and are designed to maximise functionality in a minimalistic space, emphasising efficient use of every inch.
The tiny home movement has gained popularity in recent years as people seek alternatives to traditional, larger houses, driven by factors such as a desire for financial freedom, environmental sustainability, and a simpler lifestyle.
In the world of tiny homes construction, where every square centimetre matters, superior thermal performance is integral to both sustainability and comfort. That’s where Thermotek window and door systems come in, elevating the thermal comfort of tiny homes and redefining comfort for a new, more sustainable generation.
What are the challenges of thermal comfort for tiny homes?
Thanks to their small footprint, tiny homes often face unique challenges in maintaining optimal indoor temperatures.
Unlike traditional houses, where space allows for elaborate insulation systems, tiny homes require a more nuanced approach.
This is where the role of windows and glass doors becomes pivotal. Using sustainable materials and environmental design can regulate heat transfer, keeping the interior comfortable regardless of external conditions.
What are Thermotek window and door systems made from?
Thermotek designs cutting-edge solutions for tiny homes that can be tailored specifically for spatial constraints. There are several different facets of their construction which enhance their sustainability:
Our window and door profiles are made from uPVC (Unplasticised Polyvinyl Chloride).
Unlike traditional PVC, which contains 43% ethylene, a by-product of oil, uPVC is more eco-friendly due to its lack of chemical plasticisers.
uPVC is comprised of robust impact modifiers, fillers and elongated polymer strands that look like spaghetti. This composition gives it unique toughness and durability.
Thermotek’s uPVC window and door systems incorporate a world-class 5-chamber design by Aluplast. The multi-chambered profile creates enclosed air spaces within the frame, reducing heat transfer and acting as a thermal break to enhance overall thermal insulation.
Double or Triple Glazing Compatibility
Thermotek uPVC frames can harness either double or triple-glazed window glass, offering enhanced insulation with multiple layers of glass and inert gas between the panes to minimise heat transfer.
Let’s take a look at how Thermotek uPVC windows with either double or triple glazing can provide thermal comfort for tiny homes.
uPVC’s exceptional insulation properties and its capacity to minimise heat transfer make it an excellent option for constructing energy-efficient tiny homes.
As a poor conductor of heat, uPVC effectively restricts the transfer of heat between a building’s interior and exterior. This insulation feature ensures that warmth remains inside during winter and outside during summer, sustaining a comfortable indoor temperature.
That means year-round comfort for tiny homeowners, a comfortable haven irrespective of the weather outside. By retaining warmth in winter and keeping the interior cooler in summer, uPVC window frames significantly reduce reliance on heating and cooling systems, resulting in lower energy consumption and a diminished carbon footprint in alignment with global climate change initiatives.
Double or triple glazing is also a shield against temperature extremes, thanks to its insulation properties. The inert gas between the glass layers reduced the transfer of heat between the inside and outside of the house. In winter it prevents heat from escaping; in summer, it hinders the entry of external heat.
Thermotek window and door systems also have a low-emissivity (Low-E) coating the block a significant amount of the sun’s ultraviolet (UV) radiation. While it allows visible light to pass through for a sun-filled tiny home, it minimises heat gain.
Tiny homes demand precision in design and engineering. Thermotek Windows are tailor-made to fit seamlessly into compact structures, maximising the efficiency of available space. This bespoke approach ensures that every tiny home benefits from superior thermal performance without sacrificing valuable space.
Precision in design and manufacturing techniques also allows Thermotek uPVC window frames to achieve remarkable air tightness. Tight sealing during installation minimises air leakage, a significant source of heat loss in buildings.
Thermotek’s products, such as the Boutique Series and Smart Slide Systems, are engineered to fit seamlessly, preventing air leakage through multiple seals strategically placed between the frame and glass and between the frame and the building structure.
uPVC’s exceptional durability is another benefit for tiny homes; particularly those that may move location and face different conditions. uPVC window profiles maintain their integrity and appearance over decades, resisting warping, corrosion, and degradation. Its ability to withstand extreme temperature and impacts is important in Australia’s sometimes challenging climate.
The material’s structural integrity prevents bending or distortion under pressure, reducing the need for frequent replacements and providing long-term financial benefits while minimising environmental impact.
Noise Control & Enhanced Security
Tiny homes are paeans to simplicity – meaning that calm and tranquillity is paramount. With their enhanced insulation and airtightness, Thermotek Windows not only regulate temperature fluctuations – they also provide a barrier against external noise.
In addition, the toughness of uPVC ensures that the window profiles add extra security to a tiny home. The durability of the material combines with the multi-point locking systems to deter intruders. For example, Thermotek’s Smart Slide window and door systems boast world-class engineering and locking systems. Double glazing or triple glazing is also hard to break through.
These built-in security features give tiny homeowners peace of mind.
Aesthetic Appeal & Customisation
‘Form may follow function’ in the famous design edict – but form doesn’t need to be compromised any longer for energy efficiency.
Beyond functionality, Thermotek Windows enhance visual appeal for tiny homes, as well as thermal comfort. The sleek design and customisable options make them a great choice for a stylish tiny home.
From frame colours to glazing, homeowners can tailor their windows to reflect their unique style while enjoying the benefits of top-tier thermal performance. For example, our Boutique Series comes in a range of attractive Architectural and woodgrain options.
Sustainability is a core principle of the tiny home movement. Thermotek Windows align perfectly with this ethos by not only reducing energy consumption but also offering an affordable solution to achieve sustainable living.
The initial investment in these window and door systems pays off in the long run through lower energy bills and a reduced environmental footprint.
Thermotek combines world-class German engineering with options tailored to the Australian climate, manufactured at our sustainable facility in Melbourne. Environmental consideration runs through everything we do.
Our systems also exceed Australian standards. They have a Bushfire Attack Level (BAL) rating of 40, mean they are built to withstand extreme radiant heat. They also have a Uw 1.2 to 1.9 (WERS) for energy efficiency.
This is integral given the latest stipulation in the Australian National Construction Code (NCC) of attaining 7 NatHERS stars.
Thermotek Windows for a Thermally Superior Tiny Home
As the tiny home movement continues to gain momentum across Australia, Thermotek is a great choice to ensure thermal comfort, offering a perfect blend of functionality, sustainability and aesthetics.
Whether you’re an architect, builder or prospective owner-builder, get in touch today to find out how Thermotek can help optimise thermal comfort and energy efficiency for a tiny home.