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10 d10 dddarrochddarroch 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 months3 monthsddarrochddarroch 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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4 months4 monthsddarrochddarroch 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…

4 months4 monthsddarrochddarroch 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 (&…

4 months4 monthsddarrochddarroch 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…

4 months4 monthsddarrochddarroch 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
4 months4 monthsddarrochddarroch 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
4 months4 monthsddarrochddarroch 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…

4 months4 monthsddarrochddarroch 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/

4 months4 monthsddarrochddarroch posted:
8 star houses in Perth

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

4 months4 monthsddarrochddarroch 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.

4 months4 monthsddarrochddarroch 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…

5 months5 monthsddarrochddarroch 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.

5 months5 monthsddarrochddarroch posted:
Concept design feedback: Passive solar, orientation

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

5 months5 monthsddarrochddarroch posted:
Concept design feedback: Passive solar, orientation

Pretty rubbish article I think.

5 months5 monthsddarrochddarroch 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…

5 months5 monthsddarrochddarroch 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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5 months5 monthsddarrochddarroch 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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5 months5 monthsddarrochddarroch 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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5 months5 monthsddarrochddarroch 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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6 months6 monthsddarrochddarroch 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!
6 months6 monthsddarrochddarroch 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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6 months6 monthsddarrochddarroch 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.…

6 months6 monthsddarrochddarroch 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…

6 months6 monthsddarrochddarroch posted:
Custom design expensive, so which project builder recommend

Personally, of be aiming for quality, not quantity.
40-45sq is pretty huge. Close to double the average Australian home, which build the largest homes in the world.
Not only do larger home…

7 months7 monthsddarrochddarroch 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,…

7 months7 monthsddarrochddarroch 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

7 months7 monthsddarrochddarroch 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…

7 months7 monthsddarrochddarroch 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…

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