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2 months2 monthsBruce123Bruce123 posted:
Concept design feedback: Passive solar, orientation

Answer: Cost
If the house is made airtight and control airflow is allowed (i.e. ERV or HRV) then heating and cooling the space becomes quite easy.
Sure but it comes at…

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2 months2 monthsBruce123Bruce123 posted:
Concept design feedback: Passive solar, orientation

The Star rating system is mandatory. It has its faults but at least it ensures some level of energy efficiency is achieved in most new housing. The alternative is to…

2 months2 monthsBruce123Bruce123 posted:
Concept design feedback: Passive solar, orientation

There would be very few houses that rely 100% on solar passive design - i.e. they have no heating or cooling in the house. It could be achieved in most…

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2 months2 monthsBruce123Bruce123 posted:
Concept design feedback: Passive solar, orientation

The Your Home site indicates that 15 degrees is an OK orientation offset from North to the west (not 20 as I said) - https://www.yourhome.gov.au/passive-design/orientation. However…

2 months2 monthsBruce123Bruce123 posted:
Concept design feedback: Passive solar, orientation

I agree that in terms of a passive solar the current design does not work well. And I agree NW is not a good orientation. I also am not a…

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2 months2 monthsBruce123Bruce123 posted:
New house building mistakes

As someone has already mentioned - go for an all electric home with heat pumps for space heating and cooling and also heat pump hot water system. Install solar panels…

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10 months10 monthsBruce123Bruce123 posted:
Orientation-Passive Solar Design related Suggestions needed

I assume you have already bought the land so are locked in. Not a great site or house design for passive solar design. Even if you flipped the design around…

10 months10 monthsBruce123Bruce123 posted:
Shed insulation

Shouldn't be an issue. If the structure is relying on the roof sheeting to stand up you have more problems than it not being insulated. To be clear the sheeting…

10 months10 monthsBruce123Bruce123 posted:
COVID-19 Restrictions

I could be pretty sure that their contractors on site had more than one person working at a time. And that they had some level of supervision of that contract…

10 months10 monthsBruce123Bruce123 posted:
Large shed insulation advice needed

What is the colour of the top surface of roof? If it is dark or even old weathered galvanised sheeting consider painting it white - it will reflect the sunlight…

10 months10 monthsBruce123Bruce123 posted:
Double glazed windows issue - Noise is not evenly blocked

My hypothesis - based on absolutely no research. What we think of as being quiet outside is not really that quiet, especially if you live in the city. And even…

1 year1 yearBruce123Bruce123 posted:
Expert Information

Re: OP - You're right - you don't *have to* always buy thermally broken. You only "have to* meet the mandatory energy rating - and there are many ways of…

1 year1 yearBruce123Bruce123 posted:
Replacing Splits with Ducted AC?

Fair enough - your choice. Sorry I can't help you with the cost of the install.
I will just say this in passing - for splits if your only issue is…

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1 year1 yearBruce123Bruce123 posted:
Installing Ducted Air

Consider multi-head split RC AC instead of ducted. More efficient. They would be easier and neater to be installed during the build. Don't know about the cost difference.

1 year1 yearBruce123Bruce123 posted:
Replacing Splits with Ducted AC?

My opinion - splits are more efficient. The main reason is that with ducted there are heat/cooling losses from the ducts which goes straight into the ceiling cavity - lowering…

4 years4 yearsBruce123Bruce123 posted:
Side Overhang For Curtain Rail

I have a window door combination - 1800mm wide with the glazed door on one side making up half of that (900mm). I want to install curtains over the window/door…

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