Solar Passive home Design
“only a barbarian would not turn his house to the sun”
The Romans might well think Melbourne is full of barbarians. Many established home building companies do not offer a single energy efficient home plan. Most do not offer designs that reflect your lands aspect and topography. They simply offer a short list of options and sell them on a criteria of price and superficial features. The problem is that nine out of ten of these homes, once built, cannot keep their occupants comfortable without artificial help. Even then they are not as comfortable as they should be. In fairness, it is difficult to criticise builders and design professionals for the situation. To compete in business they must offer what their customers ask for.
We don’t think Melbourne has been over-run by barbarians. We think Melbourne’s building design culture has simply lost sight of what is important. This may be for many reasons. Among them the relative cheapness of heating and cooling energy and the profitability of contemporary building methods. Without mod-cons to confuse them, the Romans learned quickly which designs worked. This is not to dismiss all modern technologies. If the Romans had had access to all of our modern building materials and technologies they would have been an even more advanced civilization.
Ecovista Windows offers a home design service for new or existing homes being renovated or extended. It starts with a proper assessment of your land, so that you will have a home that fits onto your land in such a way as to leave you and your family some sheltered and private outdoor living space. Ideally you will be able to sit in the sunshine when the days are cool and relax in the shade when it is hot. Your house will be quiet, thermally efficient, healthy to live in and cheap to run. On top of these creature benefits your home will be economical to build, fire-resistant and built to last.
All of this is available in a package to suit your budget, because we only charge you for what we do for you. Why not make an appointment to come in and chat? It could be the independent advice you need to help make your house worth keeping for centuries to come. That has got to sound like good value for money!
These two homes share the same plan. One is much nicer to live in and cheaper to run because it was designed to compliment the climate. The other house is facing the wrong way.
Paul on Professionalism
Many thanks for your professional workmanship. The windows and doors just make the place even more liveable.
Yes we are aware of the ‘old stumps’ especially in the two side bedrooms.
I will have no hesitation in recommending you for any work, please use me as a referee if you need to.
Paul Ringwood East
Ian on Installation
Hello Frank, back on flat ground once more, no more stone roads and steps for a while, but Peru was quite amazing. I looked at the patio door at Ondine Drive and you have done a great job at installing it. Thanks very much. Hope to do more business with you in the future. I have transferred the balance … Wheelers Hill
Greg on Installation & Warmth
We are very impressed with the fly screens. They look very clean, neat and tidy, and they are very easy to use, once you get the knack of how they lock in at the bottom. Thank you as well that you were as good as your word about cleaning up afterwards – couldn’t see any sign that you had been here.
On the final payment, I’m assuming that I will make that once the job is complete. I know the screw caps are a trivial thing, but it makes it all very clear if we make a single final payment once absolutely everything is done. Let me know if you have a problem with that.
Thanks again for a terrific, highly professional job. We are really enjoying the benefits of a much warmer house and much nicer looking windows.
Mark on Noise
I had an enjoyable time yesterday - was lovely to meet Melanie. You just missed the 4pm freight train, it barreled on by as usual, but it was far less noticeable. I'm enjoying no traffic noise from the kitchen sink and my TV chair in the lounge room. As you suggested I need to block those air vents to eliminate any noise/heat/cooling coming/going through them - especially in both those bed rooms. I wont block the bathroom vents and may temporarily cover the kitchen vents to see if I get mould/mildew as a result. I have been reading online about different peoples successes, failures and general advice.
Thanks for all you help Wednesday, I'm very happy with the windows - they have made a significant difference in reducing the outside noise in my apartment. The windows also look really sleek and modern - they have made all the rooms look much more tidy.
Peter (& Elaine) on Detail
We have a north-west facing 70's built house with lovely bay windows -
and roller shutters installed. Because of the limited ability to open
windows we were looking for an alternative solution that would not only
fit in with the existing style, but would also give us maximum ventilation.
Frank from EcoVista not only suggested a very good solution that allowed
us to keep the roller shutters, but the workmanship was first class and
the windows were delivered on time and at a very reasonable price.
We have absolutely no hesitation in recommending EcoVista Windows to
anyone looking for innovative and practical window solutions.
Peter and Elaine,
Elaine on Happy
Hi Frank email 14/4/14
Thanks for final invoice, which I’ll get paid tomorrow. We’re very happy with the job and would like to leave a ‘job well done’ comment on your website. Or, would you prefer if we drop you a note? Let us know so we can tell others.
Peter & Elaine Burwood