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theyetti
theyetti
23 September 2011

Did you get your washing machine connected to rainwater tank

Did you get your washing machine connected to rainwater tank

Our rainwater tank and Davey Rainbank is hooked up to both toilets, the washing machine cold tap and front/rear outside taps. Only problem is we use the rainwater up too…

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theyetti
Sep 23, 2011 9:00 pm
dymonite69
dymonite69
20 September 2011

Thermal Mass vs Insulation

Thermal Mass vs Insulation

I am not overly convinced that a slab in contact with the ground is necessarily a good thing. It greatly depends on the average soil temperature in your location (which…

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dymonite69
Sep 20, 2011 11:02 pm
dymonite69
mecha-wombat
mecha-wombat
18 September 2011

Insulation R2.5 or R3 for ceiling batts?

Insulation R2.5 or R3 for ceiling batts?

we have 3.5 going into our ceilings and we are in sydney

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mecha-wombat
Sep 18, 2011 11:43 pm
mecha-wombat
deconst
deconst
25 August 2011

Insulation to Thermall Mass (in particual ICF walls)

Insulation to Thermall Mass (in particual ICF walls)
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I'd considered ICF for quite a long time for my house, but given how sensitive my location is to wall thickness, I've instead gone for lightweight timber framing with…

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deconst
Aug 25, 2011 5:13 pm
deconst
eyspy
eyspy
15 August 2011

RBV - Concrete block or Hebel Panel ?

RBV - Concrete block or Hebel Panel ?

If I was doing reverse brick veneer I would put a feature wall of stone or brick in. As stated putting gyprock on the wall will lose some of the properties you seek by RBV

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eyspy
Aug 15, 2011 8:51 am
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tjilpi
Aug 14, 2011 11:19 am
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yvette72
Aug 14, 2011 9:30 am
prettygully
prettygully
26 July 2011

design for 33° south latitude WA mk.2

design for 33° south latitude WA mk.2

Hi sunmonkey, are you talking structural insulated panels (SIP) for your steel/foam panels, aka coolroom panels? we too are currently exploring the options for this;…

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prettygully
Jul 26, 2011 12:21 pm
thegoodwife
thegoodwife
6 July 2011

What solar company did you use? Perth

What solar company did you use? Perth
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We went with Renewablelogic, Very happy with them, on time (my installation time was 7.30 am), no problems, all paperwork handled efficiently. I use Germany product for…

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thegoodwife
Jul 06, 2011 3:39 pm
3timesbuilda
3timesbuilda
1 July 2011

Hmmm seems expensive...

Hmmm seems expensive...
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Personally I am looking at doing it myself but I don't intend to grid connect it. Since I am planning to custom build, I am considering running 12V lines that will be used…

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3timesbuilda
Jul 01, 2011 11:04 am
3timesbuilda
indi
indi
21 June 2011

Orientation question - how far off north is still optimal?

Orientation question - how far off north is still optimal?

Will have to redo the test to check this, only thought of it mid morning. Not too concerned about morning warmth as 6 days out of 7 we have all left the house before…

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indi
Jun 21, 2011 11:32 am
bashworth
bashworth
14 June 2011

Heating question

Heating question

I don't know about petrol but in a house without gas....reverse cycle air conditioning was a lot cheaper than bottled gas. If I looking at a choice of under floor or…

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bashworth
Jun 14, 2011 8:02 pm
bashworth
Pulpo
Pulpo
13 June 2011

Anyone know anything about Forma-Tech Wall Building System

Anyone know anything about Forma-Tech Wall Building System

If I was using their website to make a decision on using this product, no chance. Green energy bricks are just expensive. Not sure what is the best product to build the…

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Pulpo
Jun 13, 2011 11:13 am
peter1
peter1
2 June 2011

Rain water tank pipe repair

Rain water tank pipe repair

Thanks for pointing that out, I really hope it will last a long long time. I just read from Sydney Water most properties receive water pressure around 50 to 100 metres,…

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peter1
Jun 02, 2011 11:10 pm
dragongirl
dragongirl
28 May 2011

Laying wooden floor over slab - ok thermally?

Laying wooden floor over slab - ok thermally?

Onc design can be seen as part of the build tread link in my sig. It's my own design and run past an architect with quals in enviro science. I think we are oriented about…

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dragongirl
May 28, 2011 12:04 am
dragongirl
dragongirl
21 May 2011

input on design issue

input on design issue
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We are finally getting under way on this project :: :z: I'm starting a thread in the building forum if anyone is interested in following it - link in sig

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dragongirl
May 21, 2011 10:17 pm
willcres
willcres
16 May 2011

Solar Panel Installation (Electrical)

Solar Panel Installation (Electrical)

Thanks, variflex, I've found the solar company from my friend at work. Good luck for you!

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willcres
May 16, 2011 10:03 am
willcres
kek
kek
14 May 2011

What the hell do I have and how do I use it?

What the hell do I have and how do I use it?

The solar water panel is generally connected to a…

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kek
May 14, 2011 6:54 pm
kek
CC101
CC101
12 May 2011

A link to comparing Solar Systems!

A link to comparing Solar Systems!

i have to check this site - seems very interesting

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CC101
May 12, 2011 9:27 pm
Raleighfarm
Raleighfarm
11 May 2011

SOLAR HELP PLEASE!!!

SOLAR HELP PLEASE!!!
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How are you going with it all Pebbles? We are FNQ and have had a good quote from Infinity Solar, and a very overpriced one from a WA mob who are travelling around.…

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Raleighfarm
May 11, 2011 2:27 pm
Raleighfarm
Redman
Redman
8 May 2011

Using IBC tanks for underground water storage

Using IBC tanks for underground water storage

That is excellent. Forgive me but it makes me laugh seeing that. Lemmings on the march! :D I had mice in Sassafras and I used a bucket with 800ml water (deep enough to…

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Redman
May 08, 2011 5:10 am
Redman
sheznay
sheznay
8 May 2011

Environmentally friendly cleaning products

Environmentally friendly cleaning products
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I have had chemical free house for around 4 years. My last was the washing detergent. I found the grey water safe…

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sheznay
May 08, 2011 1:50 am
sheznay
cuppyccake
cuppyccake
26 April 2011

Rate your solar Panel

Rate your solar Panel

planning to install 1 in the near future... but it seems that this is quite pricey here in victoria compared to all other states... reason behind that, was vic has a…

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cuppyccake
Apr 26, 2011 10:21 pm
karmaz
karmaz
23 April 2011

zoned heating

zoned heating

Our house is about 36 squares and I think we got the standard heating option, but upgraded to two zones. Living and Bedroom. Also put a provision for a gas fire place in…

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karmaz
Apr 23, 2011 12:24 am
karmaz
melbourne architect
melbourne architect
18 April 2011

NSW solar feed in rates coming crashing down.

NSW solar feed in rates coming crashing down.

I really think that the electricity companies are upset that if everyone can afford to do this, what will the need be for…

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melbourne architect
Apr 18, 2011 10:17 pm
Pepsi_Drinker
Pepsi_Drinker
16 April 2011

Adelaide Solar companies = frustration

Adelaide Solar companies = frustration

....I agree and rather than waste my time phoning them I prefer to name and shame them in forums who allow it (Whirlpool and Not Good Enough)…

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Pepsi_Drinker
Apr 16, 2011 11:39 pm
Pepsi_Drinker
jess p
jess p
16 April 2011

Greywater recycling

Greywater recycling
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I am really intersted in greywater too, very informative post guys!

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jess p
Apr 16, 2011 1:23 pm
jess p
jess p
16 April 2011

We have gone solar!!!

We have gone solar!!!
1, 2, 3

very good to know!!

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jess p
Apr 16, 2011 1:21 pm
bashworth
bashworth
15 April 2011

Government Changing Solar System rebate?

Government Changing Solar System rebate?

1.44kw, I used thin film panels (because I have a very large North facing roof) with a 1.8kw sunny boy inverter. Photos and more info here http://www.anewhouse.com.au/?p=885

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bashworth
Apr 15, 2011 8:24 pm
bashworth
melbourne architect
melbourne architect
15 April 2011

My energy saving tips :)

My energy saving tips :)

Some great ideas. Re CFLs They've been marketed as 'environmentally friendly.' In fact, they are full of Mercury, which has to go somewhere, some day. BTW, if you happen…

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melbourne architect
Apr 15, 2011 5:36 pm
m_shawry
m_shawry
6 April 2011

Internal light fittings

Internal light fittings

You may not have though about it but polished concrete flooring that reflects more natural light reduces your lighting costs by 30%.

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m_shawry
Apr 06, 2011 6:29 am
m_shawry
Jadielee87
Jadielee87
5 April 2011

Queenslander's - ClimateSmart Home Service

Queenslander's - ClimateSmart Home Service

Thanks Higherdestiny! I will definitely organise it when we move in! Any money saved is always a bonus! ::smile::

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Jadielee87
Apr 05, 2011 10:46 am
lynne51
lynne51
27 March 2011

Biolytix Installation Brisbane

Biolytix Installation Brisbane

Biolytix have gone broke. I regret the day I ever contacted them. Product is good - installation was awful - Customer service non existant - staff were extremely RUDE…

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lynne51
Mar 27, 2011 9:04 am
theyetti
theyetti
19 March 2011

Is this solar quote economical?

Is this solar quote economical?

There's definately no room anywhere to install either an instantaneous gas heater or a electric heat pump water heater?

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theyetti
Mar 19, 2011 10:12 pm
Gone Ducky
Gone Ducky
14 March 2011

Anyone keeping Chickens?

Anyone keeping Chickens?

I didn't mean the outside of the egg for changes - I meant that white spot! I have a drake and I have never had a blood stained egg. I have had what may be a double yolker…

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Gone Ducky
Mar 14, 2011 12:38 pm
sick@solar
sick@solar
10 March 2011

The Clean Energy Council?

The Clean Energy Council?

Some large companies do generic designs often using software,with a designers accred on it. The specifics of the equipment are on it. The install is the install. Design…

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sick@solar
Mar 10, 2011 8:36 pm
Eccles
Eccles
25 February 2011

Improving a volume build house

Improving a volume build house

Hebel panel would have better insulation than standard brick but still not sufficient on its own (IMO). http://www.hebelaustralia.com.au/homeow ... lWall.aspx

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Eccles
Feb 25, 2011 6:39 pm
kristofw
kristofw
22 February 2011

Solar Hot Water - which one to chose?

Solar Hot Water - which one to chose?
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prolly going to pick Chromagen solar with gas booster/backup; but i dont think they are aussie made and…

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kristofw
Feb 22, 2011 11:21 am
kristofw
rogerd
rogerd
21 February 2011

Whats your Solar Panel W Rating?

Whats your Solar Panel W Rating?

Aren't the 300W panels much more expensive? Does it make economic sense to go for more number of lower W panels? Of course you should the space to install those panels.

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rogerd
Feb 21, 2011 9:02 pm
lastone
lastone
21 February 2011

Eave depth to let in winter sun.....

Eave depth to let in winter sun.....

I built a styrene house about 7 years ago. The builder (independent) wanted to try it out and I was keen too. Only prob was when the roof went up the house had no eaves…

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lastone
Feb 21, 2011 3:42 pm
Casa2
Casa2
19 February 2011

Venting the fridge cavity

Venting the fridge cavity

I also vent my fridge. Vent down low on the outside wall and then two 150 mm pipes through a flat roof (with Chinaman's hats on them). Like dymonite, I haven't checked how…

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Casa2
Feb 19, 2011 11:46 am
1sthome
1sthome
18 February 2011

Recycling - stop clogging landfills

Recycling - stop clogging landfills

Mobile phones can go to Ku ring gai council & libraries - when a phone is recycled the Autistic Centre receives $3-5 donation. Phones that can be reused are sent to…

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1sthome
Feb 18, 2011 9:47 pm
dymonite69
dymonite69
17 February 2011

architect design vs volume builder - budget range?

architect design vs volume builder - budget range?

How you design eaves depends on your specific climate and insolation. Check BOM for climate data. Work out exactly when you start to want shading based seasonal average…

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dymonite69
Feb 17, 2011 9:11 pm
dymonite69
gseremetidis
gseremetidis
16 February 2011

Spec/Volume Builder Recommendation

Spec/Volume Builder Recommendation

I'm looking for a spec house builder in Melbourne who can build me an energy efficient house beyond the basic 5 stars they all offer. Some builders seem to talk about…

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gseremetidis
Feb 16, 2011 9:26 am


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