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15 h15 hddarrochddarroch posted:
Eaves that conform to passive solar guidelines

Agree with Stewie, western bedrooms are not a good idea.
If possible I'd be trying to flip the rear of the plan, so that all the bedrooms are on the east,…

1 d1 dddarrochddarroch posted:
Two Story Home Design feedback please!

Which direction does the house face, ie. where is north in the image?
Orientation is absolutely critical when it comes to energy efficiency & comfort.
https://www.yourhome.gov.au/passive-design/orientation

6 d6 dddarrochddarroch posted:
Eaves that conform to passive solar guidelines

Jeez I hate lots of volume builders. You do your best to learn about energy efficient building design (like passive solar design) - because many builders still don't seem to…

6 d6 dddarrochddarroch posted:
Floorplan Critique

Looking good. Lots of northern glazing in living areas, little western or eastern glazing. Perfect.
But, along with the northern glazing, you actually need that northern sunlight to make its way…

10 d10 dddarrochddarroch posted:
Advice for 30m wide and 20m length block

Try to find a plan that has you living areas facing north. They'll be brighter, & warmer in winter, heated by the northern sun.
Try to limit western windows (this is…

12 d12 dddarrochddarroch posted:
Floor plan critique

With the current plan the alfresco will totally shade the living areas. You'll get zero winter sunshine through your living area windows (foregoing that free heat), & these rooms will…

12 d12 dddarrochddarroch posted:
Floor plan critique

You've been blessed with a block with a north facing backyard.
This block orientation is more desirable & more expensive than other orientations for one reason, & one reason only.
This orientation…

18 d18 dddarrochddarroch posted:
Million dollar home in Perth

For that sort of money I'd be aiming higher than 7 star. 6 stars in the minimum allowable for Australia's very poor standards. Plus houses rarely actually achieve the rating…

18 d18 dddarrochddarroch posted:
New house steel vs timber frame

Steel has high thermal conductivity, so heat can flow through the frame, bypassing insulation. This is called thermal bridging, which can be a problem. Thermal bridging is not as big…

25 d25 dddarrochddarroch posted:
Triangular block

My main concern would already be, is the house orientated correctly? That is, do the living areas face north?
A home with north facing living areas will be more energy efficient…

28 d28 dddarrochddarroch posted:
Which floor plan, first home buyer

Agree, you really must have your living areas facing north. The home will be more comfortable, lighter & your bills for heating & cooling will be lower.
Orientating a home in…

2 months2 monthsddarrochddarroch posted:
Floor plan feedback please

There is a common floorplan thread somewhere on here. If you can find it & revive it that would be good.

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2 months2 monthsddarrochddarroch posted:
Floor plan feedback please

It's a catch 22 situation.
The block orientation means you won't have many northern windows, & you'll have lots of eastern & western windows. These windows are difficult to shade, so…

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2 months2 monthsddarrochddarroch posted:
West facing corner block . Please advise

Same problems, the covered alfresco shades much of your living areas. Meaning they'll be dark, & cold in winter.
A couple of solutions. Either get rid of the roof above the…

2 months2 monthsddarrochddarroch posted:
Floor plan feedback please

Unless you're in the tropics, your south facing living areas will need heating in winter. So I'd be adding a doorway between the kitchen & the hallway, so you can…

2 months2 monthsddarrochddarroch posted:
Which floor plan, first home buyer

Orientation, orientation, orientation!
Get this right, & your home will be lighter, more comfortable & more energy efficient.
Living areas to the north. Bedrooms to the south & east. Rarely used rooms…

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2 months2 monthsddarrochddarroch posted:
North Harbour off the plan and registration

I'm not an expert in the field, but I'd always be wary of buying off the plan.
Particularly in the middle of a global pandemic. Real estate prices may have some…

2 months2 monthsddarrochddarroch posted:
11 acre rural build - house plan

Agree that extending out will simplify the roofline, a good thing for solar.
angi.f, are you the sort of household that would use a mudroom? That could be a good use…

2 months2 monthsddarrochddarroch posted:
Free land in exchange for house

Subdivision. Yes, it's possible in some areas. In other areas, no it's not. So you'd have to ask your council. But usually the block would have to be a fair…

2 months2 monthsddarrochddarroch posted:
Steel Frame Price 2020

Er, a steel frame for it's passive design advantages?
I think you've got that wrong. Steel, like all metals, has high thermal conductivity. This conduction of heat creates the issue of…

2 months2 monthsddarrochddarroch posted:
Steel Frame Price 2020

Dupe, due to poor editing

2 months2 monthsddarrochddarroch posted:
West facing corner block . Please advise

A have a bit more time to write now, so will start of by asking a few questions.
Where are you located? The climate in Hobart is very different to Cairns,…

3 months3 monthsddarrochddarroch posted:
West facing corner block . Please advise

This brilliant government website will teach you everything you need to know,
https://www.yourhome.gov.au/passive-design/orientation

3 months3 monthsddarrochddarroch posted:
11 acre rural build - house plan

I wouldn't be leaving solar PV for too long, as it's such a good investment. It should pay itself off in about 3 years, then will save you $1.5k+ depending…

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3 months3 monthsddarrochddarroch posted:
Floorplan Feedback

Where is north on the image?
Orientation has a huge effect on the comfort & energy efficiency of a home.
https://www.yourhome.gov.au/passive-design/orientation

3 months3 monthsddarrochddarroch posted:
How to buy Land?

Which direction does the block face? Is it an average size? What are the neighbouring blocks like.
My number one pointer would be to choose a block that faces the right…

3 months3 monthsddarrochddarroch posted:
Single or Double story on battle axe block??

Can you draw your proposed plan? I'm a little lost about how much room there is. Doesn't help that I'm using a tiny phone, which won't let me zoom in…

3 months3 monthsddarrochddarroch posted:
Single or Double story on battle axe block??

Sorry, I meant "an attached granny flat may be a better option".
I don't want to edit my above post, as the formatting will go crazy. A problem with the Homeone…

3 months3 monthsddarrochddarroch posted:
Single or Double story on battle axe block??

It's nice that the easement is to the north. Build as close as you can to the southern boundary, creating a northern yard. Flip much of the plan you've shown,…

3 months3 monthsddarrochddarroch posted:
11 acre rural build - house plan

Orientation is critical, & plays a huge part in the comfort & energy efficiency of a home.
https://www.yourhome.gov.au/passive-design/orientation
So where's north on the plan?
If it's at the top…

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