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5 d5 dddarrochddarroch 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…

15 d15 dddarrochddarroch 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…

19 d19 dddarrochddarroch posted:
Buy a mini split

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

30 d30 dddarrochddarroch 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 month1 monthddarrochddarroch 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 month1 monthddarrochddarroch 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 month1 monthddarrochddarroch 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 month1 monthddarrochddarroch 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…

2 months2 monthsddarrochddarroch 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 glazing)…

3 months3 monthsddarrochddarroch posted:
Variotherm Wall Heating/Cooling

I like your thinking Searching4 knowledge.

3 months3 monthsddarrochddarroch posted:
Energy Recovery Systems

Yeah, I grew up in Frenchs Forest, but now spend 6 months of the year in Narrabeen. You're right, there's certainly a difference. Narrabeen certainly doesn't cool down as much…

3 months3 monthsddarrochddarroch posted:
Energy Recovery Systems

I too am on the northern beaches, & have been wondering whether an ERV system is worth the added expense, or whether it would be overkill in our very pleasant…

6 months6 monthsddarrochddarroch posted:
Need suggestions and advice on an odd shaped north facing bl

Just been reading this blog, which I think is very applicable to these blocks, particularly block 17.
https://undercoverarchitect.com/how-do- ... -new-home/

6 months6 monthsddarrochddarroch posted:
Gas Newbie questions

The major energy requirements in your house are to heat your water, & space heating (depending on your climate & the quality of your build). In comparison, cooking requires very…

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6 months6 monthsddarrochddarroch posted:
Need suggestions and advice on an odd shaped north facing bl

Whoops, I thought the block sloped down to the street, not from the street. Ignore any suggestions I had about split levels. This was to minimize cathedral ceiling roof pitch…

6 months6 monthsddarrochddarroch posted:
Need suggestions and advice on an odd shaped north facing bl

One other option, as block 17 is so wide, would be to really stretch out the rectangular building envelope to the east & west. This may result in parts of…

6 months6 monthsddarrochddarroch posted:
Need suggestions and advice on an odd shaped north facing bl

A couple of issues with the split skillion - clerestory approach.
Firstly, all rooms with clerestory windows will need cathedral ceilings. Cathedral ceilings can look & feel great, particularly in living…

6 months6 monthsddarrochddarroch posted:
Need suggestions and advice on an odd shaped north facing bl

Here are a couple of examples, just to give you an idea of the split skillion roof design, & how the clerestory windows would look.

I particularly like the look of…

6 months6 monthsddarrochddarroch posted:
Need suggestions and advice on an odd shaped north facing bl

I'd advised a U-shaped house for block 10, as it has a narrow frontage & a very narrow rear. Plus I hadn't thought of other solutions to get sunlight all…

6 months6 monthsddarrochddarroch posted:
Custom Design floor plan thread post them here!!

Adelaide88, have you heard about passive solar design, which will make your home more comfortable year round & reduce energy bills. Read more about it here,
http://yourhome.gov.au/passive-design
Your…

6 months6 monthsddarrochddarroch posted:
Awning Blinds for north facing windows

No eaves? Eaves should be absolutely mandatory for all houses. Particularly northern eaves, which shade windows in the summer, while letting winter sunshine through the windows.
Your options would be retractable…

6 months6 monthsddarrochddarroch posted:
Need suggestions and advice on an odd shaped north facing bl

Ruthnpal, if you do opt for that first block, how about trying to design a U-shaped house, extending that rear living area, as far as possible to the east. This…

6 months6 monthsddarrochddarroch posted:
Need suggestions and advice on an odd shaped north facing bl

To get a better understanding of passive solar design, as has been suggested, have a good read of the yourhome.gov.au website,
http://www.yourhome.gov.au/passive-design
In its simplest terms, for most Australian…

6 months6 monthsddarrochddarroch posted:
Insulation Rating vs Whirly-birds

Do you have sparking (reflective foil insulation)? It's great for keeping out radiant heat. Though it's a difficult retrofit.

7 months7 monthsddarrochddarroch posted:
Options to save on house construction cost

Build smaller. You'll save money, & help save the environment. Nobody needs a 300sqm home.
To save money in the long run (on heating & cooling costs), follow passive solar design…

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7 months7 monthsddarrochddarroch posted:
Cooling a two-storey house with a skillion roof

A different approach could be clerestory (highlight) windows, which will vent hot air from near the ceiling? Due to the stack effect these could be quite effective.
Problem is they also…

8 months8 monthsddarrochddarroch posted:
Home plan needed...

Sorry, I can't recommend any plans. But I do recommend reading this government website,
http://www.yourhome.gov.au/passive-design/orientation
Which direction does your block face? Much better to have your living areas (&…

10 months10 monthsddarrochddarroch posted:
Solar HWS not approved due to direction in Queensland

Wow, I didn't know this was the case. Crazy bureaucracy! I understand why they don't want them pointing south, but within 45 degrees of north seems a bit tough.

10 months10 monthsddarrochddarroch posted:
Phase Change Materials - anyone used this?

I'm no expert on this. But I would say, just be careful adding thermal mass to your second story. As hot air rises, in summer second stories can become hot…

11 months11 monthsddarrochddarroch posted:
New house floor plan advice please.

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Thanks for posting here. I wish more people would, so they'd end up with thoughtful, well designed houses, not energy hogging mcmansions.
I'm sorry to say that my comments about your…

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