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1 d1 d1960sModernistHome1960sModernistHome posted:
Problems with new apartment buildings

At the risk of sounding like a conspiracy whackjob, maybe the developers have the right political connections to ensure that the regulators remain toothless tigers...

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2 d2 d1960sModernistHome1960sModernistHome posted:
Problems with new apartment buildings

Clients (developers) I suppose... minimising build costs whilst maximising sale price of apartments.
Everyone else are the losers.
Builders And subbies are then in a race to the bottom.
By association so are…

3 d3 d1960sModernistHome1960sModernistHome posted:
Electrical circuits for new build

I'd say all of the usual circuits (lighting, socket outlets, cooking appliances etc) are all included in the price. Any extra dedicated circuits (like for a pool, air con, spa…

3 d3 d1960sModernistHome1960sModernistHome posted:
Problems with new apartment buildings

Yep, ever since the rise of the "design and construct" contract method 6 or 7 years ago, we have been spending more and more of our time on forensic engineering,…

7 d7 d1960sModernistHome1960sModernistHome posted:
Electrical circuits for new build

This is based on AS3000 Table C8

4 x 10A 1.5mm2 lighting circuits (max 20 points on a 10A circuit)
7 x 16A 2.5mm2 socket outlet power circuits (max 16 single…

7 d7 d1960sModernistHome1960sModernistHome posted:
Solar Net Feed In and 3-Phase power. Dont get caught out!

Oh yeah fair enough.
Personally I am a little hesitant of the micro-inverter concept. The idea of electronics on a hot roof in a harsh climate, intended to last 25+ years…

13 d13 d1960sModernistHome1960sModernistHome posted:
Your Connected Home. What have you done / what do you need?

At the risk of being flamed by anti-BOSE'ers, you can get a pretty good Acoustimass 10 5.1 set for about $1500, allowing $1000 for a fairly good AVR.

16 d16 d1960sModernistHome1960sModernistHome posted:
Hikvision Cameras Vulnerability

Here are some good tips.
http://avigilon.com/news/IT/5-ways-to-p ... ng-hacked/
I'm a big fan of Avigilon ACC. Very good VMS

18 d18 d1960sModernistHome1960sModernistHome posted:
Problems with new apartment buildings

I would NEVER buy off the plan unless I had received all of the detailed drawings for my house/apartment and seen the specifications for all of the equipment, appliances, fixtures,…

18 d18 d1960sModernistHome1960sModernistHome posted:
The limitations of Building + Pest inspections?

What I find is very helpful is attending the inspection and walking around with your inspector. Don't be afraid to ask them questions if you see something you think looks…

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18 d18 d1960sModernistHome1960sModernistHome posted:
Termite control

There was a significant termite infestation in our house when we bought it. The entry point was created by some poor DIY construction work, and was exacerbated by some rotten…

18 d18 d1960sModernistHome1960sModernistHome posted:
Running cables in ceiling

The only regulation you need to worry about is the one that requires this type of work to be carried out by qualified and licenced persons.

18 d18 d1960sModernistHome1960sModernistHome posted:
Solar Net Feed In and 3-Phase power. Dont get caught out!

It depends on your inverter. If you want to offset all three phases, then you either need a three phase inverter or three separate single phase inverters. As far as…

18 d18 d1960sModernistHome1960sModernistHome posted:
Hikvision Cameras Vulnerability

I will not allow Hikvision to be used on my projects. Too risky...

18 d18 d1960sModernistHome1960sModernistHome posted:
Can dimmers be retro fitted?

You may also need to replace the lights if they are LED luminaires. They have devices called "drivers" and these can either be dimmable or non-dimmable. If the drivers are…

18 d18 d1960sModernistHome1960sModernistHome posted:
I hate tiles

I must say I don't quite understand your opposition to tiles, but it is your home so your choice.
Tiles themselves are not waterproof. It's the waterproof membrane behind them that…

18 d18 d1960sModernistHome1960sModernistHome posted:
Problems with new apartment buildings

I think you're being extremely generous saying 30 years... I'd say less than 10. The vast majority of these new apartment buildings are poorly designed, even more poorly built. The…

18 d18 d1960sModernistHome1960sModernistHome posted:
Ask a lighting design engineer - general Q&A

I like it. Some of the bedrooms might need a couple more lights though.
For your external lighting perhaps consider 12 volt spotlights in your gardens, perhaps on a timer…

20 d20 d1960sModernistHome1960sModernistHome posted:
Ask a lighting design engineer - general Q&A

Yes some pendants that throw light up onto the ceiling would do the job!
Yes the downlights I prefer have similar appearance and output to a halogen downlight. They produce far…

20 d20 d1960sModernistHome1960sModernistHome posted:
Ask a lighting design engineer - general Q&A

Use something with a conical beam spread of say 36-50 degrees. Don't use one of the dreaded cheapo opal diffused ones.
Consider complementing it with some wall mounted uplighting to accentuate…

23 d23 d1960sModernistHome1960sModernistHome posted:
Cost of Suspended Slab - Melbourne

What about Hebel Powerfloor with steel structure? You get the benefits of concrete (no noise or bounce) and may not require additional insulation. Supposedly lower cost than in-situ suspended reinforced…

24 d24 d1960sModernistHome1960sModernistHome posted:
Cost of Suspended Slab - Melbourne

With respect to your query about thermal breaks, I'm not sure about Class 1 buildings, but in a Class 2-9 building, the underside of slab is required to be insulated…

25 d25 d1960sModernistHome1960sModernistHome posted:
Smart Downlights

Have a look at Clipsal Silc - sounds like what you're after

25 d25 d1960sModernistHome1960sModernistHome posted:
Fans: Haiku or Aeratron?

We have a 1300mm Haiku in our main bedroom in bamboo/black. It's fabulous. The quietest and most effective fan I have ever encountered. But it comes at a cost -…

25 d25 d1960sModernistHome1960sModernistHome posted:
Home - Shipping container home or normal house?

A friend of mine just finished an elaborate multi-level container home in the Gold Coast hinterland. Looks fabulous! They did owner-builder.
Sure if you just stack up a few containers and…

25 d25 d1960sModernistHome1960sModernistHome posted:
Your Connected Home. What have you done / what do you need?

Yeah I've toyed with that idea myself. Maybe supplied via a 12vdc deep cycle battery, charged with 12vdc PV panels.... probably not a financially sensible decision but I just wanted…

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25 d25 d1960sModernistHome1960sModernistHome posted:
Your Connected Home. What have you done / what do you need?

Not too keen on Hikvision, major cyber security risks. Dahua is a better choice at the low price end of the CCTV market.

26 d26 d1960sModernistHome1960sModernistHome posted:
Your Connected Home. What have you done / what do you need?

They're all things that are nice to have (and we have a robot vac so definitely agree with that one) but really it's not hard to get off the…

26 d26 d1960sModernistHome1960sModernistHome posted:
Your Connected Home. What have you done / what do you need?

Because I'm an electrical engineer in building services, everyone expects my house to be high-tech, automated, etc etc.
On the contrary the only thing automated is my garden lighting and underfloor…

28 d28 d1960sModernistHome1960sModernistHome posted:
Your Connected Home. What have you done / what do you need?

Yeah there are only certain scenarios where batteries make economic sense at the moment, no doubt that will improve with time, and hopefully policy developments by government. Currently the payback…

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