How much water do you use?
The number of bathrooms in the house shouldnt matter - I mean, if everyone has their own ensuite or whole family share one bathroom they are still haveing, say, one shower…
Jul 20, 2010 9:35 pm
Its fairly easy to install and maintain. THe hardest part is getting dumbass council to approve the design given its not standard materials, tile,…
Water Tank Question
Every job is different but you have to consider the project in smaller parts.
Part 1 Connect the roof to the tank.
Part 2 Connect the tank overflow to the stormwater…
Rainwater Tank installation
If you site it down a hill then you have to pump it back up the hill to use it.
The tank only needs to be just below the guttering of your house to flow into it.
Anyone used Ecowaterbox?
Did you end up going with this system? I don't quite understand your pricing is it $8000 for 5000 litres or $8000 for 200,000…
Internal paint and VOCs
We went to the trouble of specifying low VOC paint, but have just gone through our place yesterday and noticed that the painter appears to be…
Plastic v galvenised Rain water tanks
Depends how intense the flames are. Have seen some around here subjected to non-crown fire and they just melted down to the water level but remained intact.
Low VOC paints
I just posted on my blog about our journey to find low VOC paints. Thought some of you might be…
Sanctuary Energy Solar Panels deal
Just on the solar panels. I read a thread on Sanctuary Energy deal and a fewpeople were getting it installed etc. Any feedback on this company, installation etc…
the lady said she got the advice about 40 degrees west of north from a man from scotland. she built in australia and says it worked for her, so much so she suggested we…
Aug 27, 2010 10:28 pm
Banks and sustainable building
Just flagging that I have just written some stuff about our choice of financial institution and mortgage in my blog: buildingour9starhome.blogspot.com
Solar hot water system
We've been in our newly built home for 6 weeks now and yesterday our builder contacted us to get the serial number of the Solar Hot water service they installed, as…
Sep 05, 2010 11:12 pm
Is Solar HWS noisy??
yeah, I had planned to relocate it to outside ensuite. Although I am planning a bit of change in my ensuite layout which might make this a bit of issue. I will have to…
My Tiny Little Eco Friendly Home
I have been looking at your build and am envious, unfortunately at my age I have to look at size versus echo friendly and the echo friendly was of more importance…
Compass with sun path markings
Dymonite is correct.
More often than not on both architect & building designer drawings the 'north indicater' is just that . . . an indication of north. The site plan…
3 phase reading from controller
This is for any interested parties.
This is a snapshot of my usage during…
Underground Water Tank
I was searching for this the other night, but wanted it under the driveway as we only have a 1000 sqm block ... I know this company is in Brisbane, but just thought I'd…
Rainwater tank pressure activated pump
Surely if it's returning into the tank, this would not happen when it is actually pumping. So pressure would still reach the target, it would turn off, and only then would…
Blogging about building our 9 star house
Living just across the divide in Thornbury i'm following your build with interest.
I'm on a 390sqm block with a house i'd love to build from scratch and really interested…
Chromagen Solar Panels, 1.5kw - Worth it?
Hi, we have just been offered a 1.5kw Chromagen system in lieu of a dishwasher by our home building company. It seems like a no-brainer but all this solar panels stuff is…
Anyone using ModTanks?
Hi, I am Stephen Collis, owner, designer and manufaturer of Modtank,
Modtank though a recently invented product, to fit where other tanks do not,
has 18,000 plus units…
What can I do with her room??
What about the outside security shutters? They are insulated and can be mechanically operated from inside.
There are also exterior blinds which can be mechanically…
SHW Evac Tube size
What are the pros and cons of 70mm diameter evacuated tubes vs 100mm tubes?
The obvious benefit of the bigger tubes is efficiency in size. If I look at the specs of a…
Oct 13, 2010 10:24 am
solar panels - cost and best brands
My understanding is that it's AGL customers in the Jemena distribution patch. The 32c is a shoulder rate for a couple of hours in the evening.
I'm aware of the article,…
Caromac's Retirement Home
Where are you located Carolyn?
In colder areas you want sun on the windows in winter, so more glass to the north. In hot areas you want as much shade as possible (in…
Oct 28, 2010 5:05 pm
rainwater tank pump kit
I have used gutter guards to prevent leaves from going into downpipe to tank. Also the inlet of the tank has a filter. What I was wondering was the outlet or…
How to hook in a 2nd tank?
Connect the overflow of the first tank to the second tank and then connect the overflow of the second tank to the drain. When the first tank is full it will then start to…
Rainwater tank headache
Thank you so much for all the advice.
BCC call centre had absolutely no idea. They said they had never heard of an annual licence. They referred me to a specialist area…
Low E Glass
Does anyone have any experience with Sunergy glass? We are using it for our single pane West facing windows, as ComfortPlus didn't meet our fire rating (not thick enough)
How's the temperature today (Vic)?
Yes I know! That was actually the stillest night we've had since we've been in this house. There was the tiniest bit of breeze and it did cool down to a comfortable temp,…
Jan 02, 2011 6:36 pm
Tempted to go down the solar path
Eager if you can get interest free finance why not?
When I started the solar search I cringed at anything Chinese, but after reading-around Ive found that…