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2 years2 yearsddarrochddarroch posted:
Solar Panel Installation

Installing 32A power circuits (if your not 3 phase) in the garage, as we'll be driving Evs soon.
That's great information ddarroch, referring to…

2 years2 yearsddarrochddarroch posted:
Storage water heater vs instant

The idea with solar PV panels these days is self-consumption. You get paid very little FIT to export power to the grid, while still being charged a lot to import…

2 years2 yearsddarrochddarroch posted:
Solar Panel Installation

oh, & at this stage, unless you can get very generous rebates, batteries still aren't worth the investment. With payback periods of at least 10 years. So I'd hold off…

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2 years2 yearsddarrochddarroch posted:
Solar Panel Installation

I'd usually recommend using a separate solar installer, not the builder. You'll have more control on the quality of the installation (if you do your research), as the builder could…

2 years2 yearsddarrochddarroch posted:
Easement on side of Block -Advice Needed

Is north the top of the image? Meaning the block has an eastern frontage.
If so, the easement will be in the north side of the block, which is the perfect…

Easement on side of Block -Advice Needed
3 years3 yearsddarrochddarroch posted:
Hydronic heating - slab insulation

I haven't used homeone much in the last few years, but have read some horror stories about huge bills for in-slab hydronic heating.
The culprits usually seem to be poorly insulated…

3 years3 yearsddarrochddarroch posted:
Ceiling insulation

For Perth, the government's 'Your Home' website recommends a minimum of R4.1 for the roof/ceiling, R2.8 for the walls
https://www.yourhome.gov.au/passive-design/insulation

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3 years3 yearsddarrochddarroch posted:
Corner block

The one main advantage of corner blocks on the southern side of the road is that they have great access to northern light. As they will not be overshadowed by…

3 years3 yearsddarrochddarroch posted:
Alternatives to decreasing window size

How far along in the planning process are you Kelsey?
The most important thing to do when planning a home is to orientate or correctly. That is, locate living areas (&…

3 years3 yearsddarrochddarroch posted:
Garage at back of house

What is the orientation of the block?
It's a very good idea to face the living areas (& a large proportion of the glazing) to the north. Minimising western (& to…

3 years3 yearsddarrochddarroch posted:
Concept Plan

As I said, I'd consider rearranging the living areas, so there's a window facing east, the hill. Probably the same for the master bed. I'd also consider rotating the garage…

Concept Plan
3 years3 yearsddarrochddarroch posted:
Concept Plan

I'd assume that kline is talking about the home being orientated correctly. That is, living areas (& a large proportion of glazing) facing north, limited western (& eastern) glazing. Orientation…

Concept Plan
3 years3 yearsddarrochddarroch posted:
Concept Plan

Firstly, what climate are you in? What's appropriate for Hobart certainly isn't appropriate for Cairns.
A pavilion home is probably a great idea in warmer climates, as cross-ventilation will be aided.
But…

3 years3 yearsddarrochddarroch posted:
8 star houses in Perth

Laros is selling them for $1,600 a pair.
https://shop.laros.com.au/shop/energy-r ... on-system/

3 years3 yearsddarrochddarroch posted:
8 star houses in Perth

A pair of Lunos e2's costs around $1,600 I believe.

3 years3 yearsddarrochddarroch posted:
Two dwellings under one roof?

What state are you in OP?
Like gogo65, I thought it was possible to have an attached granny flat, in NSW at least.
Haven't looked into it for a few years though.

3 years3 yearsddarrochddarroch posted:
8 star houses in Perth

Air tightness is very important in an energy efficient build, & therefore so is ventilation.
But if you're wanting to build an energy efficient home, I'd certainly be looking at using…

3 years3 yearsddarrochddarroch posted:
Concept design feedback: Passive solar, orientation

Agree. Also anything below about 3 ACH will need mechanical ventilation. But for 2-3 ACH is be looking at decentralised HRV.

3 years3 yearsddarrochddarroch posted:
Concept design feedback: Passive solar, orientation

Science.
Hahaha.
I have a degree in science, does my vote count :P

3 years3 yearsddarrochddarroch posted:
Concept design feedback: Passive solar, orientation

Pretty rubbish article I think.

3 years3 yearsddarrochddarroch posted:
Can you falsify insulation certificate?

Yeah, I think it's critical to get independent inspections done at important stages of the build. I wouldn't be relying on the builder's integrity for the biggest purchase you'll probably…

3 years3 yearsddarrochddarroch posted:
Concept design feedback: Passive solar, orientation

I'm not an expert - but have a keen interest in this field - & am honestly flabbergasted that somebody producing these plans would say they an architect that …

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3 years3 yearsddarrochddarroch posted:
New house building mistakes

I highly recommend that you read the government's Your Home website (or book, if you'd prefer to have a hard copy). Australia's guide to environmentally sustainable homes.
Start with the 'passive…

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3 years3 yearsddarrochddarroch posted:
orientation of house

You're a little late to the party. You really should have thought of this before purchasing your block.
Ideally you want your living areas, & a large proportion to face north.…

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3 years3 yearsddarrochddarroch posted:
Statesman Homes Build At Wasleys, 4000m2 Block, First Home.

Welcome to the forum Manny,
Firstly I'll mention that many people remove details of where they are building, for security reasons. Not really a big deal yet. But if you post…

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3 years3 yearsddarrochddarroch posted:
Tricky block- Adelaide- need reassurance please!

BecW, which direction does the block face. ie, what frontage, where is north?
Depending on which direction the slope falls, you might have great northern light, or you might be overshadowed.

Tricky block- Adelaide- need reassurance please!
3 years3 yearsddarrochddarroch posted:
Comparison of insulation upgrades

They all look like very minimal upgrades. As you can see from the ROI, financially none of them are worth it.
You haven't really said much about your double glazing. What…

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3 years3 yearsddarrochddarroch posted:
Slab partial insulation

Firstly, unless you're in a very warm climate, I wouldn't be putting a verandah on the northern side of the home. This will result in too much shade in winter.…

3 years3 yearsddarrochddarroch posted:
Gas Cooktops

Personally, I'd get an induction cooktop.
• Sensitive temperature control.
• Fast reaction time, like gas.
• Far easier to clean than gas.
Actually, if ditch the gas connection to the home altogether! Building…

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