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mustangshelly
mustangshelly
31 July 2008

Ausenergy - Solar Power in Brisbane, Qld

Ausenergy - Solar Power in Brisbane, Qld

Hi, Has anyone heard of Ausenergy or gone through them for installation of Solar Power? Trying to find out they are a reputable company before paying them any…

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mustangshelly
Jul 31, 2008 12:25 pm
to_do_list
to_do_list
4 August 2008

Alternative power source

Alternative power source

Ok... So a pump that will 'suck' the water up the hill to a pump positioned by the house and then back down to a tap by the tank and one by the…

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to_do_list
Aug 04, 2008 5:41 pm
to_do_list

Hi arthur, Welcome to the forum. :) I'm not sure if you are talking about standard bricks, but that seems a little high to me. A friend sent me this table the other…

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'chelle
Aug 13, 2008 1:12 pm
'chelle
Yak_Chat
Yak_Chat
16 August 2008

has any one install a worm based sewerage system

has any one install a worm based sewerage system

Haven't seen on after many years, but the guy who invented them did lots and lots of research to work out what nature did in creeks etc to get his ideas. Principle sounds…

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Yak_Chat
Aug 16, 2008 12:45 am
Yak_Chat
Yak_Chat
Yak_Chat
17 August 2008

Passive house

Passive house

Good link Windowexpert. Particularly the therm and window caclulator program links. Steve

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Yak_Chat
Aug 17, 2008 6:53 am
Yak_Chat
cyclone
cyclone
24 August 2008

November 2009

November 2009

Dimmable fluros ... well, I lashed out and got one for our lounge. Trying to do the right thing. It flickered like crazy! Simply would not…

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cyclone
Aug 24, 2008 12:52 pm
cyclone
paddy
paddy
26 August 2008

Healthy building supplies

Healthy building supplies

Discovered a good website sourcing all healthy building supplies for all you new builder's and renovator's. www.ecospecifier.org Cheers Michael.

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paddy
Aug 26, 2008 11:13 am
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Yak_Chat
Sep 07, 2008 6:55 pm
Yak_Chat
sdabel
sdabel
7 September 2008

Grey water suggestions please.

Grey water suggestions please.

We wanted greywater or at least to be ready for it. However builder said it was all too hard (expensive). Now after looking at the pipes that are ready to be covered in…

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sdabel
Sep 07, 2008 7:23 pm
sdabel
Yak_Chat
Yak_Chat
10 September 2008

Alternative & Sustainable Architecture

Alternative & Sustainable Architecture

Pop them an email - if they don't hear you - they don't know.

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Yak_Chat
Sep 10, 2008 11:31 pm
Yak_Chat

And example of some really big eaves in action I took these pics at 6:30am and 4pm, ie the time when the sun is low and can get to the sides of the building. While…

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Yak_Chat
Sep 10, 2008 11:40 pm
Yak_Chat
kristofw
kristofw
15 September 2008

Eco Ideas House Day - 13th & 14th September 2008

Eco Ideas House Day - 13th & 14th September 2008

I and DW went to see one of the houses open in WA yesterday. No heating, no cooling, just the passive design. We've talked to the owners, they said that the temp never…

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kristofw
Sep 15, 2008 4:08 pm
kristofw
stonecutter1309
stonecutter1309
19 September 2008

Green house admissions?

Green house admissions?

The Government's Carbon Pollution Reduction Scheme is available for viewing here: http://www.climatechange.gov.au/greenpaper/index.html Australia is required to report…

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stonecutter1309
Sep 19, 2008 9:28 am
stonecutter1309
sarabah
sarabah
24 September 2008

Eco-Friendly house designers/architects - Brisbane

Eco-Friendly house designers/architects - Brisbane

Try SALA Homes. They are the real deal when it comes to eco-house building. They are a kit home builder but do it better than anyone else that we looked at. They have a…

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sarabah
Sep 24, 2008 5:07 pm
kristofw
kristofw
2 October 2008

The average family trying to do their bit - eco priorities!

The average family trying to do their bit - eco priorities!

Insualtion will be 1.3 sisalation, 2.0 in walls and 3.5 in roof. If you could afford Glareshield from Air-Cell instead of Sisalation and…

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kristofw
Oct 02, 2008 11:48 pm
kristofw
greenthumb
greenthumb
16 October 2008

Indoor compost

Indoor compost

Thanks for the answers and constructive feedback. I imagine I'll learn quite a lot from people's feedback which would be valuable information if I was to do this again (I…

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greenthumb
Oct 16, 2008 9:12 pm
ForeverYoung
ForeverYoung
26 October 2008

Energy Australia Offer

Energy Australia Offer

Blacktown City council in Sydney is giving away 8 Free Energy Saving Light Globes to all rate payers. You have to sign a declaration commiting the carbon offset credits…

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ForeverYoung
Oct 26, 2008 9:10 pm
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Yak_Chat
Oct 29, 2008 10:28 pm
Yak_Chat
dymonite69
dymonite69
1 November 2008

Is masonry better than clay bricks?

Is masonry better than clay bricks?

When you say effecient, do yoou mean thermaly effecient, construction time effecient or somethign else. If talking about thermal effeciency, a…

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dymonite69
Nov 01, 2008 5:08 pm
dymonite69
russell
russell
11 November 2008

Lazy Eco? 6/7-Star Volume Building

Lazy Eco? 6/7-Star Volume Building

Courtyard style homes may be the solution. Solar access is improved down the axis of the building. By landscaping around the courtyards…

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russell
Nov 11, 2008 10:37 am
mudmap
mudmap
18 November 2008

Compost bin questions

Compost bin questions

I have a square peice of wire mesh (1cm x 1cm holes) under my compost bins (2 of) to stop rats etc getting in as they are down the back away from the house and close to…

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mudmap
Nov 18, 2008 12:00 am
dymonite69
dymonite69
21 November 2008

Solar Power - First Impressions

Solar Power - First Impressions

I have an Access database I am using for data collection, comparison and calculation it is in Office 2007 format. If anyone wants a copy…

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dymonite69
Nov 21, 2008 12:10 pm
dymonite69
Nav
Nav
28 November 2008

Change in NSW feed in tarrif 4 solar power

Change in NSW feed in tarrif 4 solar power

Thanks Stonecutter, our problem is also related to the rebate. I wouldn't mind getting solar panels if we had the rebate, but since we don't, i'm a bit hesitant to get it now.

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Nav
Nov 28, 2008 8:48 am
Nav
Yak_Chat
Yak_Chat
5 December 2008

Passive solar = poor thermal comfort?

Passive solar = poor thermal comfort?
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Didn;t kill it donuts - we were all just busy elswhere. :) Russell, Have a look at older stykle houses ie 80 to 100 year old houses in your area and you will see what…

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Yak_Chat
Dec 05, 2008 9:27 pm
Yak_Chat
Yak_Chat
Yak_Chat
5 December 2008

Discounted Solar Panel Installations

Discounted Solar Panel Installations

I'd be surprised if you got it down to that price (installed) now with the AUD chnages, as well as they buyer groups I've been involved and aware of needed to have it all…

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Yak_Chat
Dec 05, 2008 10:07 pm
Yak_Chat
dymonite69
dymonite69
7 December 2008

Exact plumbing requirements for grey water....

Exact plumbing requirements for grey water....

Well it can be simple in theory. You can manually bucket to your…

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dymonite69
Dec 07, 2008 8:32 pm
dymonite69
russell
russell
10 December 2008

Questions...

Questions...

... not sure of the relevance of water bottles etc ... .. but while we are on re-use, the most eco-friendly rubbish bag you could use would be a re-used shopping bag...…

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russell
Dec 10, 2008 10:05 am
dymonite69
dymonite69
10 December 2008

Stunning renovation of old cottage

Stunning renovation of old cottage

I know that this project cost lots because I've spoken to the architect and quizzed him on his design principles - but as an ideal renovation -…

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dymonite69
Dec 10, 2008 1:48 pm
dymonite69
dymonite69
dymonite69
12 December 2008

Melbourne "Save Water Save Energy Expo" 19th &

Melbourne "Save Water Save Energy Expo" 19th &

The problem is that people have no choice - it is mandatory in most states (well here in NSW anyway), to fit some of these pointless items, like…

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dymonite69
Dec 12, 2008 10:42 am
dymonite69
dymonite69
dymonite69
8 January 2009

roof ventillation

roof ventillation

I am guessing you mean directly to the outside, not into the roof space? As ventilating your ceiling into your hot roof space will have a…

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dymonite69
Jan 08, 2009 10:12 am
dymonite69
dymonite69
dymonite69
12 January 2009

Old style homes and energy efficiency

Old style homes and energy efficiency

True the facade can be limiting but thats when clever design and natural lighting come into play. A typical example of our short…

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dymonite69
Jan 12, 2009 10:01 am
dymonite69
borg
borg
15 January 2009

BASIX ratings

BASIX ratings

thanks guys, i will get into it as soon i a get a chance to ready through it properly.

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borg
Jan 15, 2009 11:49 am
borg
chuth77
chuth77
2 February 2009

New QLD energy efficiency standards effective 1st March

New QLD energy efficiency standards effective 1st March

Interesting Changes... Yes it is 80% floor space for energy efficient lighting... Yes, you can have an outdoor area with a fan, but the roof must achieve a R1.5 down…

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chuth77
Feb 02, 2009 1:08 pm
AnnieK
AnnieK
25 February 2009

Rammed Earth Technique

Rammed Earth Technique

Aah, I see there's heaps on stabilised earth too. The more I read about it the more I want to build like this too. I have a plot in a beautiful little olive grove…

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AnnieK
Feb 25, 2009 5:40 pm
AnnieK

add'l cost for add'l solar panel due to north orientation

add'l cost for add'l solar panel due to north orientation

That's bizarre - it should cost no more to simply move it from north to west, unless they are actually adding an extra panel to compensate for it being on the west and…

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overthebuildingprocess
Mar 03, 2009 1:46 pm

PV costs

PV costs

Those prices sound very unlikely. A 1kw system works out at approx $4000 after the rebate and in our region generates about 8kw per day - obviously less during winter -…

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overthebuildingprocess
Mar 03, 2009 1:52 pm
kristofw
kristofw
18 March 2009

Rain water tank

Rain water tank

My builder just quoted a slimline 2500 litre tank connected to the wc for approx $3700.That's an outregous price!!!! I've paid $1400 for a…

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kristofw
Mar 18, 2009 5:15 pm
kristofw
FireFox
FireFox
4 April 2009

Solar HWS Efficiency - Evacuated tube vs Flat plate

Solar HWS Efficiency - Evacuated tube vs Flat plate

thanks d69 will prolly go FP then, as looking to build with as much aussie gear as i can. -Nathan

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FireFox
Apr 04, 2009 7:41 pm
FireFox
flicka
flicka
5 April 2009

6 star taps

6 star taps

Thanks! We will be having rainwater tank which will be used for toilets, washing machine and garden taps. Do you know if any other companies will be bringing out taps in…

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flicka
Apr 05, 2009 6:51 pm

BASIX explanation ... and ...... interstate equivalent.

BASIX explanation ... and ...... interstate equivalent.

First could someone explain to me the why's and wherefores of BASIX , I figure it is a NSW building requirement that your new home must have…

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renovation survivor
Apr 07, 2009 9:04 pm
borg
borg
8 April 2009

1kw Solar install from $495 or $895 for 2kw invtet

1kw Solar install from $495 or $895 for 2kw invtet

Hi Guys, I am trying to get people from my area to join up for solar panels installs. I have orgainsed a great price. If you live anywere in these areas and think you may…

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borg
Apr 08, 2009 9:57 am
borg
Teouk
Teouk
22 April 2009

ClearSolar Power

ClearSolar Power

I am considering to use them too, seems a pretty good deal. If anyone else use them, let me know your customer number and we both get the bonus cashback :)

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Teouk
Apr 22, 2009 2:12 pm
vvs mand
vvs mand
25 April 2009

Instantaneous gas booster

Instantaneous gas booster

No, most likely not. At least not in the sense youre thinking of. They require a 20mm pipe. Your house service will be 20mm and if you had a previous gas hot water unit in…

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vvs mand
Apr 25, 2009 5:17 pm
Pebble
Pebble
25 April 2009

Rain water tanks subsidy in WA end in June

Rain water tanks subsidy in WA end in June

That's a bit poor. Mind you, after reading the site we would of only got $50 back on our tank which has to be at least 120,000L and will be…

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Pebble
Apr 25, 2009 9:04 pm
Pebble


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