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19 h19 hddarrochddarroch posted:
home plan design feedback

Ah, while I was writing my post I couldn't see the plan. I thought there was access from the garage to the pantry/kitchen. But as you say, it's not the…

19 h19 hddarrochddarroch posted:
home plan design feedback

No worries. Haha, you were using the term like if normally use it! So the house faces a north backyard. Perfect!
However, you've still got very little "passive solar" going on.…

1 d1 dddarrochddarroch posted:
start up costs for solar

Yep, depends on quality.
But should average about $1 per watt. So a 5kW system would average slightly over $5,000. Not much more for the 6.6kW system, as it's a 5kW…

3 d3 dddarrochddarroch posted:
Orientation-Passive Solar Design related Suggestions needed

I was also going to write about energy use. As, even after upping insulation levels, you'll probably need to heat & cool your home more than a well orientated home…

3 d3 dddarrochddarroch posted:
Orientation-Passive Solar Design related Suggestions needed

Oh, one other thing I was going to mention about thermal efficiency was zoning your main living area. ie. closing doors to separate your living area from the rest of…

3 d3 dddarrochddarroch posted:
Orientation-Passive Solar Design related Suggestions needed

Hehehe. I'm not expert, but will do my best. But this is certainly a tough block to work with.
A block that is 45° off the compass points is tough, as…

4 d4 dddarrochddarroch posted:
Hot water System on LPG bottled GAS

You may cut down on your initial spend, bit you'll end up spending far, far more on your bills if you heat your water with LPG.
It would be my last…

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4 d4 dddarrochddarroch posted:
home plan design feedback

"Facing" is a confusing term. In the past it meant the direction living areas faced (usually the backyard). Now it seems to be used interchangeably with "frontage".
So I'm assuming you…

5 d5 dddarrochddarroch posted:
Insulation - QLD weather

The Your Home website recommends a minimum of R 4.1 for the ceiling, & R 2.8 in the walls.
https://www.yourhome.gov.au/passive-design/insulation
2.5 batts will fit in a standard (90mm)…

8 d8 dddarrochddarroch posted:
Building a narrow lot home in Perth

Whoops, asking where you're located, & it's in the title of your thread 😂
If you're planning on having a second living area, I'd probably recommend you locate it upstairs, at…

12 d12 dddarrochddarroch posted:
Building a narrow lot home in Perth

'Facing' is a confusing term nowadays. It used to mean where the living areas faced, so usually the backyard. So a north facing home actually had a southern frontage. Nowadays…

12 d12 dddarrochddarroch posted:
Building a narrow lot home in Perth

Personally, I'd aim for 'quality', not 'quantity'.
Unless things have changed recently, Australia builds the largest houses in the world, averaging around 240sqm for new builds.
We also have extremely poor building…

12 d12 dddarrochddarroch posted:
Building a narrow lot home in Perth

Deleted. Because the editing function on this website is broken 😕

23 d23 dddarrochddarroch posted:
Ben Trager

I have to admit, I hate the term 'facing', when discussing the orientation of a home. In the past, this has meant which way the living areas have faced, usually…

23 d23 dddarrochddarroch posted:
Please comment / review this floorplan! Need ideas

Hi firstdream,
I have a few questions that really need to be answered, before anyone can really give you meaningful advice.
1. Where are you located?
Local climate should be a major consideration…

28 d28 dddarrochddarroch posted:
Feedback on this house diagram? Please

As for the wind roses, I think you liked at the annual wind rose, which would give you the average throughout the year.
I think it's more useful to look at…

28 d28 dddarrochddarroch posted:
Feedback on this house diagram? Please

Yeah, the Your Home website can be a hard slog, but it's worth it.
It's certainly very thorough, a lot of reading.
I'd start with "passive design" & "orientation". To get a…

28 d28 dddarrochddarroch posted:
Feedback on this house diagram? Please

As you'd like access from the laundry to the backyard (north), how about locating it in the NW corner. It will be close to the kitchen (so short plumbing runs),…

28 d28 dddarrochddarroch posted:
Ben Trager

That's a good sized block Trixie, with a nice wide 18m frontage. What direction does the frontage face.
With a block that size you should be able to get the home…

28 d28 dddarrochddarroch posted:
Double glaze windows with Low e glass

Which direction does the glazing face?
What type of low-e coating exactly? To keep the heat from the sun out, or keep your winter heating in?
Low SHCG, to keep heat from…

28 d28 dddarrochddarroch posted:
Feedback on this house diagram? Please

So you already have a block?
What dimensions? Looking at your plan, is it an eastern frontage, southern frontage, corner block or a larger rural block?
As has been mentioned, the Your…

28 d28 dddarrochddarroch posted:
Foil Faced Building Paper & No Wall Insulation - Advice

So what's in the external walls?
Don't expect builders to go beyond the (very poor) minimum standards.
The extremely informative "Your Home" government website, all about sustainable, energy efficient design, list the…

29 d29 dddarrochddarroch posted:
Has builder "forgotten" to insulate some walls ?

You could hire an infrared camera (guess that's what they are). Think you should be able to get a fair idea what's in there, when it's still much for outside…

1 month1 monthddarrochddarroch posted:
Design suggestions

It looks like you've got a pretty good roof for solar PV, I hope you're planning for it. Looks like you could have a decent amount of panels to the…

1 month1 monthddarrochddarroch posted:
Design suggestions

I applaud your efforts in making your home as energy efficient as possible, I truely do. You've obviously put far more thought into this than most people.
But also be aware…

1 month1 monthddarrochddarroch posted:
Design suggestions

Exactly my point. We build large detached homes, now I'm ever shrinking blocks. Much like this home. With useless 900mm setbacks down each side. We can't continue to do this…

1 month1 monthddarrochddarroch posted:
Design suggestions

Who knows what the OP wants. I only skimmed the comments in the tread, bit add far as I know we are supplied with no information about the location (or…

1 month1 monthddarrochddarroch posted:
Floor plan feedback

Eaves are quite ineffective to the west, as the sun is low in the sky in this direction. Some window treatments (like low-e) are somewhat effective, though external shading is…

1 month1 monthddarrochddarroch posted:
Design suggestions

Australians & their large house sizes, is it a feeling of inadequacy 😜 We build the largest houses on the planet. The larger the home, the larger the cost, to…

1 month1 monthddarrochddarroch posted:
2 Storey floor plan feedback, Perth, WA

Sorry, a few typos there. Won't edit the post, as it screws with the formatting of the quote for some reason on this website. Hopefully you can make sense of…

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