Have you ever wondered how U values for windows are calculated, and why different suppliers and different countries seem to use different numbers? It’s enough to drive anyone a little bit crazy.

We have been navigating this minefield for a little while now and have decided to try and make sense of these mysterious window related terms.

Thermal imaging of windows and building

We’ll begin slowly, as getting a handle on the fundamentals is very important.

What is a U value?

Here are a few definitions from various sources, which will help…..

“U-values measure how effective a material is as a thermal insulator. The lower the…


Source: A’ Design Awards

It looks as though we’ve hit on a really good design here. We received word late in April 2018 that our furniture arm (PodMarket™) has received another international design award. Not bad from a Melbourne based studio. This time it’s the Italian A’ Design Award. The Pende table series was awarded the Silver Prize within the Furniture and Homeware Design category. This one surprised us quite a bit, and it’s quite an honour to say the least.

This Pende series has now been officially recognised on an international level by the German Design Awards, the ICONIC Innovative Interiors Awards (also…


Is There Something Wrong with the Traditional Star Rating System for Energy Efficient Buildings?

This is the street frontage of an old house, showing a Superpod® house extension going up soon (peeking out from behind) in an old established part of Melbourne, Victoria, Australia. The house at the front is very old. In fact, the houses in this street are 130 years old.

The Superpod® house extension at the back is over 200 sqm with 2 storeys, 3 bedrooms, 3 bathrooms, kitchen, dining, and 2 lounges. You won’t see it much from the street. …


Why do modern Australian buildings have condensation and mould?

It is not uncommon to find mould in new buildings, something that one would think should not be the case. This raises the question, are the overall causes of mould unknown?

More likely, the causes of mould are well known, and our buildings are not properly designed to avoid it. This could mean that there is a knowledge gap which starts at the building design stage. We should therefore be asking the question at an early stage of the design process: how can we avoid mouldy environments?


Some of us grew up with Hans Christian Andersen children’s stories.

One of my favourites is The Emperor’s New Clothes. At the risk of losing the poetry of a well-translated version of this story, the summarised version as seen on Wikipedia is as follows:

A vain Emperor who cares about nothing except wearing and displaying clothes hires two swindlers who promise him the finest, best suit of clothes from a fabric invisible to anyone who is unfit for his position or “hopelessly stupid”. The Emperor’s ministers cannot see the clothing themselves, but pretend that they can for fear of appearing…

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