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2 d2 dddarrochddarroch 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.

2 d2 dddarrochddarroch posted:
Concept design feedback: Passive solar, orientation

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

2 d2 dddarrochddarroch posted:
Concept design feedback: Passive solar, orientation

Pretty rubbish article I think.

9 d9 dddarrochddarroch 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…

9 d9 dddarrochddarroch 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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11 d11 dddarrochddarroch 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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18 d18 dddarrochddarroch 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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20 d20 dddarrochddarroch 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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1 month1 monthddarrochddarroch 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!
1 month1 monthddarrochddarroch 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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1 month1 monthddarrochddarroch 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.…

1 month1 monthddarrochddarroch 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…

1 month1 monthddarrochddarroch 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…

2 months2 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,…

2 months2 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

2 months2 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…

2 months2 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…

3 months3 monthsddarrochddarroch posted:
Advice for 30m wide and 20m length block

Try to find a plan that has you living areas facing north. They'll be brighter, & warmer in winter, heated by the northern sun.
Try to limit western windows (this is…

3 months3 monthsddarrochddarroch posted:
Floor plan critique

With the current plan the alfresco will totally shade the living areas. You'll get zero winter sunshine through your living area windows (foregoing that free heat), & these rooms will…

3 months3 monthsddarrochddarroch posted:
Floor plan critique

You've been blessed with a block with a north facing backyard.
This block orientation is more desirable & more expensive than other orientations for one reason, & one reason only.
This orientation…

3 months3 monthsddarrochddarroch posted:
Million dollar home in Perth

For that sort of money I'd be aiming higher than 7 star. 6 stars in the minimum allowable for Australia's very poor standards. Plus houses rarely actually achieve the rating…

3 months3 monthsddarrochddarroch posted:
New house steel vs timber frame

Steel has high thermal conductivity, so heat can flow through the frame, bypassing insulation. This is called thermal bridging, which can be a problem. Thermal bridging is not as big…

3 months3 monthsddarrochddarroch posted:
Triangular block

My main concern would already be, is the house orientated correctly? That is, do the living areas face north?
A home with north facing living areas will be more energy efficient…

3 months3 monthsddarrochddarroch posted:
Which floor plan, first home buyer

Agree, you really must have your living areas facing north. The home will be more comfortable, lighter & your bills for heating & cooling will be lower.
Orientating a home in…

4 months4 monthsddarrochddarroch posted:
Floor plan feedback please

There is a common floorplan thread somewhere on here. If you can find it & revive it that would be good.

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4 months4 monthsddarrochddarroch posted:
Floor plan feedback please

It's a catch 22 situation.
The block orientation means you won't have many northern windows, & you'll have lots of eastern & western windows. These windows are difficult to shade, so…

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4 months4 monthsddarrochddarroch posted:
West facing corner block . Please advise

Same problems, the covered alfresco shades much of your living areas. Meaning they'll be dark, & cold in winter.
A couple of solutions. Either get rid of the roof above the…

4 months4 monthsddarrochddarroch posted:
Floor plan feedback please

Unless you're in the tropics, your south facing living areas will need heating in winter. So I'd be adding a doorway between the kitchen & the hallway, so you can…

4 months4 monthsddarrochddarroch posted:
Which floor plan, first home buyer

Orientation, orientation, orientation!
Get this right, & your home will be lighter, more comfortable & more energy efficient.
Living areas to the north. Bedrooms to the south & east. Rarely used rooms…

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