The green flame

31 Mar 2015  |  Fireplace  |  emag  |  Firewood

Sustainable Fire

Landmark win for wood heating allows homemakers to bask in the flicker of the flame

Compelling new research from CSIRO has seen the NSW Government introduce changes to its Building Sustainability Index system (BASIX) awarding a very low greenhouse gas emission rating for residential wood-fire heating, thus confirming that wood heaters not only have lower emissions than a 5 star gas heater or a 6 star reverse cycle air conditioner, they are in fact better than every other type of domestic heating.

Meeting the tough BASIX ratings when you build or renovate is now so much easier with the simple addition of a wood heater to your design; particularly given the abundance of wood fireplaces available, spanning state-of-the-art and modern free-standing wood heaters to traditional hearths.

The somewhat overwhelming choice of models now available provided the catalyst for SCHOTT Australia to create - a one-stop-information-shop for the growing number of consumers who do their initial research online. It provides a comprehensive catalog of fireplaces from classic to contemporary together with a list of retailers and a great resource of useful fireplace information.​


Lesley Aitkin, Marketing and Sales Director at SCHOTT Australia explains the practicalities of the site saying,

 “Where fireplaces are concerned the latest are literally the greatest, making the atmosfire site equally beneficial to those upgrading existing fire places as those standing from new.  Unlike modern wood fires, fireplaces manufactured before 1992 don’t boast the range of technological advancements and design changes to ensure improved efficiency and performance. A traditional wood fireplace could potentially heat 50m², but there are slow combustion fireplaces on the market which could potentially heat 250m² in the right home, while using at least 30% less fuel. So you can heat far more space with a great deal less fuel. Slow combustion fireplaces are fantastic appliances.” Lesley continues,

"Adding the advanced technology of SCHOTT ROBAX® glass ceramic windows means you get to see the flames while still enjoying the increased efficiency. We‘re helping households maximise the heat from every log while enjoying the beauty of their fires. We love that it is great for their hip pocket and great for the environment too."

 According to Lachlan Gales of the award winning Ovens and King Builders, fireplaces are an easily installed, functional and efficient design feature that adds warmth to a home and boosts its resale value.

“Around 60% of my clients are now requesting a fireplace. It’s a very easy addition which brings warmth and charm to a space, and adds both livability and monetary value to any home.  Sustainable harvested wood used in airtight, slow combustion wood fireplaces provides terrific energy efficiency and reduces costs.”

So, go online and have a look at the great range of wood heating appliances at atmosfire. You can add value, save money and do your part for a more sustainable lifestyle by putting in one of these cleaner, modern fireplaces.