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10 d10 dddarrochddarroch 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/

10 d10 dddarrochddarroch 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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10 d10 dddarrochddarroch 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…

10 d10 dddarrochddarroch 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…

10 d10 dddarrochddarroch 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…

10 d10 dddarrochddarroch 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…

10 d10 dddarrochddarroch 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…

10 d10 dddarrochddarroch 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…

10 d10 dddarrochddarroch 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…

11 d11 dddarrochddarroch 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…

11 d11 dddarrochddarroch 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…

11 d11 dddarrochddarroch 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.

25 d25 dddarrochddarroch 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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29 d29 dddarrochddarroch 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…

2 months2 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 (&…

4 months4 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.

4 months4 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…

5 months5 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…

5 months5 monthsddarrochddarroch posted:
Court with Alfresco, Passive Solar Heating

I hate it when architects don't take orientation & passive solar design into account. Should be the first thing they think about, as it greatly effects comfort. What are they…

5 months5 monthsddarrochddarroch posted:
Building a narrow house on a wide land advantages.

Agree with Beetaloo. Ideally you should build a rectangular house, along the E-W axis, so the longer sides face north & south. Locate your living areas to the north, so…

5 months5 monthsddarrochddarroch posted:
Owner build a solar passive house

Yeah, & because of the earth's thermal mass, & consequently thermal lag, the seasons lag behind the path of the sun. The winter solstice isn't the coldest time of the…

5 months5 monthsddarrochddarroch posted:
First time building - conflicting information... stressed!

Although narrow frontage blocks & narrow house designs are more common, I'd much rather have a square-shaped block. A square block greatly reduces the chance that you will be overshadowed…

5 months5 monthsddarrochddarroch posted:
Ducted AC & separate Gas Heating. Worthwhile having both?

AC heating is EXTREMELY efficient, with COP's (coefficient of performance) in the range of 3 to 5. This means they can use as little as one fifth the electricity as…

6 months6 monthsddarrochddarroch posted:
Broad Reno ideas for enhanced layout

Haha, yeah just lost some of another one, luckily I copied most of it, so could just paste it back in. Yeah, our posts are overlapping. That rear access is…

6 months6 monthsddarrochddarroch posted:
Broad Reno ideas for enhanced layout

The first post that I lost was about outdoor areas. Firstly, some more questions, about your location. Are you in a quiet street? Possibly a quiet cul de sac, by…

6 months6 monthsddarrochddarroch posted:
Broad Reno ideas for enhanced layout

F*ck. Just lost another post. Was just saying, in regards to the small bed 4 (in the current meals area), & bed 3 (which will also be 2.7m wide, as…

6 months6 monthsddarrochddarroch posted:
Broad Reno ideas for enhanced layout

Sorry, this IPad keeps refreshing while I'm writing, & I lose what I type (just lost a paragraph on outdoor areas. Grrrr). So I've been editing what I've originally typed.…

6 months6 monthsddarrochddarroch posted:
Broad Reno ideas for enhanced layout

Yeah, thinking about natural light & maximizing the sunshine that enters your house in winter is a very, very good idea. Designing for the path of the sun is called…

6 months6 monthsddarrochddarroch posted:
Frames, Timber or Steel ??

True, like timber, a metal frame is protected from the environment. I'm wasn't saying that it isn't. What I'm saying is why over design? Why choose metal, that is more…

6 months6 monthsddarrochddarroch posted:
Frames, Timber or Steel ??

Timber is WAY more sustainable. If sourced correctly, it is a carbon sink, actually extracting carbon dioxide out of the atmosphere. Steel emits A LOT of CO2 during it's manufacture.
A…

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