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20 d20 dddarrochddarroch posted:
Orientation of lot

Hahaha 😂 Sad, but true.

20 d20 dddarrochddarroch posted:
Orientation of lot

OP, I congratulate you for considering orientation at this early stage. Most people don't consider it at all, or consider it once they've already purchased a block, which may make…

25 d25 dddarrochddarroch posted:
evaporative cooling

Refrigerated AC is also much more costly to operate for cooling (though reverse cycle AC is now the cheapest form of heating).
Evaporative cooling is cheaper to run (uses a fair…

5 months5 monthsddarrochddarroch posted:
Slab Insulation - Edge vs Under slab

I'd expect that in SE QLD you'd be a good candidate for a ground coupled slab. As the ground will be cooler in summer than the air temperature, & warmer…

6 months6 monthsddarrochddarroch posted:
Hot water systems? Is LPG an affordable option?

Yeah, I had heard there was legislation coming in banning electric HWS's. I think I'd also read some discussions about exempting HWS's connected to solar PV from this ban.
Though I'm…

6 months6 monthsddarrochddarroch posted:
Hot water systems? Is LPG an affordable option?

Agree with other posters. Gas is becoming an expensive way to heat water, & it's not an environmentally friendly option. LPG is the most expensive option of all!
Heat pumps are…

6 months6 monthsddarrochddarroch posted:
Custom House Plan - Suggestions

Which way is north?
Orientation should be the #1 priority, when designing a new home. Getting the orientation right, with north facing living areas, will increase the comfort of the home…

6 months6 monthsddarrochddarroch posted:
New Home Build - Acreage Layout

Can't see it on the plans, so which way is north?
A home's orientation plays a huge part in making a house comfortable, & lowering energy bills. A north facing living…

10 months10 monthsddarrochddarroch posted:
Solar

Whirlpool's Green Tech forum is a good place to ask this question. Lots of very knowledgeable people there who are happy to help.
https://forums.whirlpool.net.au/forum/143
So get 3 quotes…

11 months11 monthsddarrochddarroch posted:
Neighbour “reno” knocked down - now a Newbuild?

Fück this mobile website sucks! Not for the first time the auto refresh had wiped my long-winded post.
So I'll just say, that I've seen quite a few similar builds here.…

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1 year1 yearddarrochddarroch posted:
Dream House Cost?

So you want an energy efficient house, how about a sustainable house? A house that size won't be sustainable. Google "embodied energy". There will be a lot of energy used…

1 year1 yearddarrochddarroch posted:
In built wood fireplace

Don't quote me on it, but I've heard it's a bad idea to locate a TV above the fire. As the heat can damage the TV.

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1 year1 yearddarrochddarroch posted:
Solar system

You'll probably get better advice concerning solar over at Whirlpool's Green Tech Forum,
https://forums.whirlpool.net.au/forum/143
I think you get better bang for your buck with solar PV, than you…

1 year1 yearddarrochddarroch posted:
What is the best heating systems?

+1000! Nice one arcadelt. Free & easy too.

1 year1 yearddarrochddarroch posted:
Evaporative cooling vs Split system

Great strides have been made in heat pump technology (of which reverse cycle air conditioning is a type) over recent years. Many highly energy efficient (Passive Haus) houses in North…

1 year1 yearddarrochddarroch posted:
Evaporative cooling vs Split system

I certainly wouldn't be installing gas heating. It's become more expensive to run than reverse cycle air conditioning, with costs only expected to climb higher. Unlike reverse cycle air con,…

1 year1 yearddarrochddarroch posted:
What is the best heating systems?

Good point alexp79. Plus there's trench heaters, kinda like underfloor radiators.

1 year1 yearddarrochddarroch posted:
What is the best heating systems?

Depends what you mean by 'best'. The best in terms of comfort. The best in terms of energy efficiency. The best in terms of value for money.
Yes, a well designed…

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1 year1 yearddarrochddarroch posted:
Underfloor heating. Advice, comments, experience etc

Hi OP, I was curious what sort of underfloor heating you'd be quoted for, as you have an interesting mix of requests, with radiators, & underfloor in the bathrooms &…

1 year1 yearddarrochddarroch posted:
Starting new build from scratch. Mernda Sloping land

Hi its.just.sharon,
What direction does the block face? You're lucky, & have a nice wide frontage. This should mean that you should be able to build a week orientated house that…

1 year1 yearddarrochddarroch posted:
Too many windows?

Personally, I do think it does look overglazed. But even worse is the fact that these windows face S & W. The two worst aspects for windows. Western windows are…

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1 year1 yearddarrochddarroch posted:
Which side of block will receive more sunlight

Yep, as others have stated, Block B is the best, as it's north-to-rear. You'll have nice sunny living areas at the back of your home, & a sunny back yard.
Block…

1 year1 yearddarrochddarroch posted:
Sarking - to sark or not to sark?

Add sarking. Along with being a barrier against leaks, it's a radiant heat barrier & will improve your comfort in summer.
Builders are very happy to build to the minimum standards…

1 year1 yearddarrochddarroch posted:
Buy a mini split

Usually more energy efficient than ducted systems. Extremely energy efficient heaters compared to other electric heat sources.

1 year1 yearddarrochddarroch posted:
Feedback on house design

If you moved the stairs, upstairs it would be bathroom+stairs swapped for the study. Seems to be a similar sized swap, larger if you included the powder room.
Another option for…

1 year1 yearddarrochddarroch posted:
Feedback on house design

Thinking about orientation, I'd investigate a couple ideas (not sure if it's better though). Swapping the laundry with the stairs (will there be a clothes line on the northern deck?).…

1 year1 yearddarrochddarroch posted:
Feedback on house design

What climate are you in OP? You have an energy efficient home design, with living areas orientated north. This will encourage passive solar heating & cooling.
But to achieve this you…

1 year1 yearddarrochddarroch posted:
House Plan Design -

Cool. If the builder gets it right I'm sure you'll have a house which is much more comfortable, light & bright! Plus you'll have reduced bills for heating/cooling

1 year1 yearddarrochddarroch posted:
Custom House Plan - Wanting Feedback and Suggestions

Very good advice from Hillsbuilds.
The government website is a very, very good website. Start with the section, designing for your climate, getting the orientation right, & designing for…

1 year1 yearddarrochddarroch posted:
House Plan Design -

The orientation of your plan is all wrong, as you'll learn from undercover architect & http://yourhome.gov.au/passive-design/orientation.
You want your living areas (& a large proportion of your…

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