Gab Learns

Gab asks the questions every Kiwi wants answers to..

Gab thought she knew a thing, or two, about heating. Well the basics, at least.

She knew if the heater was on it would heat the surfaces and area of that room, and if she added another layer of clothing she’d feel warmer.

However, it wasn’t until she started working with the team at Oculus that she realised how she was heating her home, and how she was keeping herself warm was all wrong.

Lesson One: Heating

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Heating your home well can be easily achieved, but if your home isn’t insulated well it is like sleeping with a blanket only covering your legs! 

Gab wants to know how to locate energy leakage in her home, what an R Value is and how to minimise energy loss through doors and windows.

Lesson Two: Insulation, Energy Leakage and Draughts

Who knew windows were key to keeping your home healthy? There is more to windows than we know and Gab wants to know why we need to do more than just open windows and doors to ventilate our homes properly.

She dives into condensation, why thermal curtains won’t solve the world and why double glazed is better than single (both windows and doughnuts).

Lesson Three: Windows, Ventilation + Condensation.

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So what exactly is the building envelope? Why is it important? And what can I do if mine isn’t sound?

Gab wants to know what makes up the envelope and how every part of the enclosure plays a role in keeping homes healthy.

She discovers the three components and what we need to take note of.

Lesson Four: The Building Envelope

Mould. There’s nothing good about it, and no level or amount of it should be found in your home.

Gab wants to know where mould comes from, what is it and what it needs to live.

She learns there are three things that mould needs to grow, and what we can do to eliminate mould to ensure we live in a healthy home.

Lesson Five: Mould

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Have you ever rented a property? Lived in a rental while you looked to buy your own house, or perhaps renting is your preference?

When renting a home there are plenty of things you should look at, loads of questions you should ask, and why? Well, to make sure you are living in a warm, dry and comfortable home (even if you don’t own it)!

Gab asks these questions and learns the answers – many of which are very similar to those you should ask/learn when looking to purchase a home.

Lesson Six: Renting a Home

Gab may not be overly enthused by the stigma around owning a home – however for the love of Gab Learns she dives into it.

She finds out what it is you should be looking at before moving in, how to recognise a ‘cover up’ and where money is best spent on improving the performance your new home.

Lesson Seven: Buying a Home

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Designing a home – the crème de la crème of owning a home. But what questions should be asked, and who should you enlist to help your dream home become your forever home? 

Gab finds out where to start, what to ask and which professionals to speak to..