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Stewie D
Stewie D
1 November 2014

Solar Companies Perth

Solar Companies Perth

Here is a company that gets a few favourable mentions on building forums and blogs like renoexchange https://www.renoexchange.com.au/blog/sh ... r-my-house Stewie

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Stewie D
Nov 01, 2014 9:27 am

Most if not all poly tanks are molded…

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SaveH2O
Oct 31, 2014 9:51 pm
SaveH2O
SaveH2O
SaveH2O
28 October 2014

My old pump has died - so I need something new.

My old pump has died - so I need something new.

Welcome to the forum. You have posted a very good opening post and it is obvious that you have done your homework and you probably know a lot more than you think. It's…

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SaveH2O
Oct 28, 2014 9:55 pm
SaveH2O
Stewie D
Stewie D
24 October 2014

Hebel or Brick

Hebel or Brick

Like anything, there are pros and cons to any building product. As ddaroch says, the labour should be cheaper as the Hebel bricks are larger so a wall can go up pretty…

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Stewie D
Oct 24, 2014 11:05 am
SaveH2O
SaveH2O
15 October 2014

RWT for BASIX (stupid implementation ?)

RWT for BASIX (stupid implementation ?)
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Many builders contract to water tank companies that are dealers for Davey products which is why people end up with RainBanks. Have a read of the Whirlpool forum thread…

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SaveH2O
Oct 15, 2014 1:54 pm
SaveH2O
Stewie D
Stewie D
8 October 2014

A BETTER BRICK - carbon sequestration.

A BETTER BRICK - carbon sequestration.

Interesting article and a step in the right direction. Thanks for posting it. If they can make these bricks and pavers cost competitive then they will get a foothold in…

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Stewie D
Oct 08, 2014 9:34 am
manderinne
manderinne
16 September 2014

New build - solar orientation

New build - solar orientation

If we flip the plan, the living areas won't get any northern light :( North will be the ensuite corner of the house. Won't that be a problem?

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manderinne
Sep 16, 2014 8:53 pm
manderinne
JohnnyBe
JohnnyBe
8 September 2014

green building certified projects

green building certified projects

hi there, I came around these stats accidentally while looking for ecology certificates…

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JohnnyBe
Sep 08, 2014 7:44 pm
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bpratt
Aug 28, 2014 8:10 pm
pattycake4
pattycake4
27 August 2014

water tank

water tank

l have a quote for rainwater tank.Do you think pump is right size, grateful to any imput on setup etc Supply and install 1 new 31700 litre polymaster rain water…

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pattycake4
Aug 27, 2014 8:09 pm
ddarroch
ddarroch
22 August 2014

Help needed-north facing block

Help needed-north facing block

Yeah, I was actually thinking the bedroom door near the hallway door may be a bit odd too. As it's a private area I don't think it would be too bad. Could extend the IT…

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ddarroch
Aug 23, 2014 12:16 am
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vivmak
Aug 19, 2014 8:52 pm
Marmalade
Marmalade
7 August 2014

Solar Skylights Panels for New Home

Solar Skylights Panels for New Home

The solar panel is the major cost of this, and to power a simple LED array is a bit of a waste. A wired LED diffused flat panel would be much brighter and probably…

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Marmalade
Aug 07, 2014 4:28 pm
coolmate
coolmate
6 August 2014

Solar powered water feature

Solar powered water feature

Check out latest issue of Better Homes and Garden magazine. Jason made a water feature using solar powered pump.

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coolmate
Aug 06, 2014 7:51 pm
StructuralBIMGuy
StructuralBIMGuy
4 August 2014

Suspended Slab Balcony - Thermal Bridge

Suspended Slab Balcony - Thermal Bridge

Hi zobardi Thermal bridging can be a major problem in buildings There are no codes or standards that cover this. It requires specialist FEA software and is undertaken by…

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StructuralBIMGuy
Aug 04, 2014 11:43 am
StructuralBIMGuy
bpratt
bpratt
30 July 2014

Roof space heat - eave vents and whirlybirds ...

Roof space heat - eave vents and whirlybirds ...
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That's the same way I've just bought for my new home build. The important thing to ensure is that you have a easy way for the air to be drawn in to the roof, be that…

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bpratt
Jul 30, 2014 8:55 pm
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nicholassolar
Jul 30, 2014 1:44 pm
Crazyk
Crazyk
23 July 2014

What solar install companies?

What solar install companies?

What solar install companies in Melbourne have you guys used and why did you choose them? Has anyone heard of Sungevity?

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Crazyk
Jul 23, 2014 9:49 pm
Crazyk
tezzab
tezzab
20 July 2014

Uncharged Systems - a dry option

Uncharged Systems - a dry option

This thread has been dormant for a while now, as circumstances have changed considerably. This was to be part of an OB build, but after a lot of consideration, the…

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tezzab
Jul 20, 2014 6:41 pm
tezzab
SaveH2O
SaveH2O
7 July 2014

Rainwater Tank - Neat Power Cable Examples

Rainwater Tank - Neat Power Cable Examples

The (settling) tanks are probably 1 metre apart. Downpipes are not diverted, only the water. The…

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SaveH2O
Jul 07, 2014 6:30 pm
SaveH2O
Liliana
Liliana
4 July 2014

Moss shower mat?

Moss shower mat?

It could put off the house guests I suppose.

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Liliana
Jul 04, 2014 1:21 pm
trixee
trixee
9 June 2014

Re-using solar panels

Re-using solar panels

Thanks bpratt - unfortunately we'll lose the current feed-in tariff when we disconnect, and we'll have to reconnect at a much lower one. I think it's likely that we will…

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trixee
Jun 09, 2014 8:06 pm
trixee
Liliana
Liliana
30 May 2014

Tushare - new recycling network

Tushare - new recycling network

I came across this last night and thought others might be interested. Moving always seems to generate a need to get rid of things. http://support.tushare.com/ The…

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Liliana
May 30, 2014 9:50 am
Liliana
Liliana
29 April 2014

Interesting building firm in ACT

Interesting building firm in ACT

You're welcome. We'll all be interested to see the result if this goes ahead!

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Liliana
Apr 29, 2014 8:48 am
pominoz
pominoz
22 April 2014

SOLIMPEKS PV-Thermal

SOLIMPEKS PV-Thermal

I am still in the planning stage of our build and would like to have solar hot water and PV. I have been trying to educate myself regarding these and came across…

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pominoz
Apr 22, 2014 4:33 pm
piggsy
piggsy
19 April 2014

Thermal stability in Perth

Thermal stability in Perth

ceiling fans to move the warm air down???

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piggsy
Apr 19, 2014 10:09 pm
piggsy
alansilver
alansilver
26 March 2014

Solar Panels worth it?

Solar Panels worth it?

I am building in Victoria Park, small block but 2 storey house. I am looking at the solar panel option but not sure if anyone has used a provider in Perth. There are only…

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alansilver
Mar 26, 2014 8:10 pm
Liliana
Liliana
6 March 2014

Water tanks for the technically challenged

Water tanks for the technically challenged
1, 2, 3

Thanks for that. The pipe from the hot water system wasn't installed by the drainage plumbers; it was done by the other plumber after I informed the builder that we…

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Liliana
Mar 06, 2014 11:25 am
tasman
tasman
20 February 2014

Simple water tank design

Simple water tank design

Amazing! Thanks for all the advice and links. A great help and interesting reading too. I believe your postings in this thread and others will be of a tremendous help to…

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tasman
Feb 20, 2014 7:35 pm
SaveH2O
SaveH2O
17 February 2014

1:20 ARI info for water tank

1:20 ARI info for water tank

Thank you. Glad to help. bashworth's blog is packed with valuable information, links and good humour. Some of the fail photos are classic! Well worth a read if you…

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SaveH2O
Feb 17, 2014 1:05 pm
SaveH2O
Stewie D
Stewie D
12 February 2014

Worth it? “H2grO greywater” electric diverter irrigation

Worth it? “H2grO greywater” electric diverter irrigation

Yes. Plans all but completed ( don't laugh, we are up to Revision 35 ! I have done countless versions and 3D renders for my other half who has a bit of a problem relating…

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Stewie D
Feb 12, 2014 9:11 am
B STAR
B STAR
24 January 2014

Solar panel feed-in tariffs, transfer to new owners?

Solar panel feed-in tariffs, transfer to new owners?

Moving house The Premium Feed-in Tariff is linked to the property where the solar panels are installed, so when moving house you cannot take the Premium Feed-in Tariff…

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B STAR
Jan 24, 2014 6:54 pm
tonyatcbn
tonyatcbn
18 January 2014

Volvox paints

Volvox paints

Hi, Volvox Clay Decor does not require primer. You can paint directly onto the plaster board. Regards, www.coloursbynature.com.au

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tonyatcbn
Jan 18, 2014 3:05 pm

I have a question on this... most systems are designed (by the installer) to not actually produce your total daily power usage, they are instead designed to cover 90% of…

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MR2
Jan 04, 2014 11:30 am
MR2
bpratt
bpratt
2 January 2014

Re: Environment friendly Living

Re: Environment friendly Living

What concerns me is that in some newer housing estates which sees the average suburban block becoming smaller ( 450 sq m ) following a state…

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bpratt
Jan 02, 2014 6:21 pm
bpratt
bpratt
2 January 2014

Rainwater tank bedding

Rainwater tank bedding

A couple of years back on our old house, we added a 10 000 litre poly water tank, and the instructions for the base was that if you didn't have a concrete base, you could…

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bpratt
Jan 02, 2014 12:15 pm
nicephotog
nicephotog
19 December 2013

Breaking even with solar panels

Breaking even with solar panels

I was wondering whether solar panels on a home was now viable from an economic perspective - at what point (if ever) does the system break…

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nicephotog
Dec 19, 2013 11:51 am
nicephotog
nicephotog
12 December 2013

Solar wind Hybrids - off grid - whats required

Solar wind Hybrids - off grid - whats required

Actually i know quite a lot myself, but how many Kw/h does a farm of each type and size generally use and require? I wrote this article because i've always been into…

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nicephotog
Dec 12, 2013 2:22 pm
Althom
Althom
27 November 2013

Solar Power System Installers in Perth

Solar Power System Installers in Perth

Looking for a reliable, competent and safe installer to install solar panels and inverter, SOR Perth. Any recommendations?

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Althom
Nov 27, 2013 10:42 pm
Althom
SaveH2O
SaveH2O
25 November 2013

Project home builders and Rainwater tanks

Project home builders and Rainwater tanks

Thanks! :oops: Yes, your weather certainly has been strange with quite a lengthy period with little rain. An extra note... When you calculate the roof area harvested, you…

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SaveH2O
Nov 25, 2013 2:46 pm
SaveH2O
Cooper05
Cooper05
21 November 2013

Up cycling info

Up cycling info

Have you checked out Pinterest? It has EVERYTHING!! Also Ana White has loads of ideas.

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Cooper05
Nov 21, 2013 1:01 am
DoubleDutch
DoubleDutch
20 October 2013

Quote by builder for rainwater tank

Quote by builder for rainwater tank

In Victoria, new class 1 buildings are required to have either a 2,000 litre rainwater tank that harvests a minimum 50 sq m roof area and…

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DoubleDutch
Oct 20, 2013 10:32 am
snuck
snuck
23 September 2013

Rainwater collection - pre build prep and contract advice?

Rainwater collection - pre build prep and contract advice?

Thanks H20, It will be interesting to see how much we actually can collect - I'll keep fairly tight records for the first few years and we'll see. Part of the issue is…

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snuck
Sep 23, 2013 8:36 pm
snuck
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snuck
Sep 19, 2013 10:09 am
snuck
HeathWilD
HeathWilD
19 September 2013

Roof color

Roof color

Lighter colorbond colours do reflect more heat, the lighter colours like surfmist are designed as HSR or high solar reflectivity. They also produce a product called…

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HeathWilD
Sep 19, 2013 6:27 am
HeathWilD
4_Pumps
4_Pumps
6 September 2013

Maintenance Of Water Tank Submersible Pumps

Maintenance Of Water Tank Submersible Pumps

Hi SaveH2O, Realistically this will occur .1 % of the time. That combined with velocity of the water moving through the pump should prevent any damage to the pump. After…

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4_Pumps
Sep 06, 2013 10:35 am
4_Pumps
SaveH2O
SaveH2O
31 July 2013

Rainwater Harvesting Wet System Questions

Rainwater Harvesting Wet System Questions
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Just wondering why you wouldn't recommend using the standard 1,200kpa storm water and you opt for the pressure stuff. Have you had a bad…

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SaveH2O
Jul 31, 2013 3:24 am
SaveH2O
4_Pumps
4_Pumps
31 July 2013

Spring-fed dams??

Spring-fed dams??

Hi Guys, I would check the bore to see the depth before you hit water. Hopefully it is at a similar height to the dam and could point you in the right direction. Hope that helps

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4_Pumps
Jul 31, 2013 1:47 am
4_Pumps

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