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Sloppy
Sloppy
7 January 2016

Septic system options

Septic system options

Thanks. That gives me a ball park figure to work towards. I do like the idea of the worm farm rather than the traditional septic systems

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Sloppy
Jan 07, 2016 7:56 am
webuild
webuild
11 December 2015

Heat pump to power hydronic heating as well as hot water?

Heat pump to power hydronic heating as well as hot water?

have you heard of thermaskirt? www.thermaskirtaustralia.com.au I had it installed in my house after allot of debate and research into our options, Absolutely love it…

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webuild
Dec 11, 2015 12:54 pm
webuild
webuild
11 December 2015

Heated skirting boards?

Heated skirting boards?

I had it installed in my house after allot of debate and research into our options, Absolutely love it and glad we took the plunge! We went with the gas boiler, but we…

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webuild
Dec 11, 2015 12:45 pm
voltideals
voltideals
4 December 2015

CFL vs Halogen downlights

CFL vs Halogen downlights
1, 2, 3

In case anyone is still interested, we have secured these Nelson GU24 downlight kits from HPM Legrand at clearance prices to clear the stock.

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voltideals
Dec 04, 2015 2:22 pm
oneJohn
oneJohn
1 December 2015

Buying a tank

Buying a tank

I heard back from council, and they don't have any particular site discharge requirements. They don't even check it, although say it should be constructed according to…

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oneJohn
Dec 01, 2015 8:36 am
oneJohn
british kiwi
british kiwi
27 November 2015

Water Tank placement

Water Tank placement

Wow that is a lot of information. Thank you very much. We shouldn't need the drip system as the veggie crates are wicking bed. I will sit down with hubby and see what he…

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british kiwi
Nov 27, 2015 6:16 am
Stewie D
Stewie D
16 November 2015

$250k budget, lots of straight timber trees....

$250k budget, lots of straight timber trees....

All good timber species. If it were me and giving the amount of timber on your place ( once it is milled ) I'd go a post and beam style house. A lot will also depend on…

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Stewie D
Nov 16, 2015 9:45 pm
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dolphinblu
Nov 10, 2015 2:58 pm
TraceyWayne
TraceyWayne
31 October 2015

Solar Systems for Gold Coast?

Solar Systems for Gold Coast?

We went through SAE Group in Tweed heads, they do GC I believe. Really happy with their service, solar went in early and has been powering our build. Very happy to…

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TraceyWayne
Oct 31, 2015 8:31 am
TraceyWayne
Saint Mike
Saint Mike
10 October 2015

Eco for the Road ?

Eco for the Road ?

Not sure this is the right spot - but does anyone have an "eco" option on their GPS. Was driving to the Grand final in Sydney and it kept…

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Saint Mike
Oct 10, 2015 6:57 am
Saint Mike
PUMBA
PUMBA
7 October 2015

Evaporative coolers

Evaporative coolers

Evap coolers are giod for cooling down house in the late from late afternoon through the night they will not work during the mid part of the dayin temps above 35 degrees…

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PUMBA
Oct 07, 2015 4:47 pm
goody59
goody59
16 September 2015

Solar panels

Solar panels

As 1960sModernistHome said, if you are not home during the daytime, you may not get much of a benefit out of it. Of course if you are home of a…

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goody59
Sep 16, 2015 2:13 pm
goody59
bpratt
bpratt
16 September 2015

Leda Solar+gas Boosted HWS

Leda Solar+gas Boosted HWS

Never heard of Leda systems, but I have an Apricus system here. Unless you are using gas for something else, I'd go for electric boost, particulary if you have solar pv.…

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bpratt
Sep 16, 2015 10:44 am
1960sModernistHome
1960sModernistHome
14 September 2015

Opinions on not having natural gas even if it's available

Opinions on not having natural gas even if it's available
1, 2

In a sub-tropical climate, solar thermal hot water is a no-brainer. Yes it costs more upfront, but will pay for itself within a few years. If you go with an electric…

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1960sModernistHome
Sep 14, 2015 9:42 pm
1960sModernistHome
Liliana
Liliana
11 September 2015

Sustainable House Day- THIS SUNDAY 13th September 2015

Sustainable House Day- THIS SUNDAY 13th September 2015

Article on the ABC tonight about Sustainable House day with the title: Sustainable House Day shows how to get power bills down to $200 per year

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Liliana
Sep 11, 2015 6:27 pm
mutt
mutt
28 August 2015

Qld solar & storage survey...win a gift card

Qld solar & storage survey...win a gift card

Hi all – thanks heaps for those of you who have filled in my survey. Across a number of different forums and through other networks I have had a stellar response which…

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mutt
Aug 28, 2015 10:46 am
multipurposebloke
multipurposebloke
21 August 2015

QLD "Endangered Regional Ecosystem" vegetation clearing

QLD "Endangered Regional Ecosystem" vegetation clearing

I'm hoping someone who has recently cleared vegetation in QLD can help me. Can we clear an area to build a shed before we get approval to start building the house? They…

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multipurposebloke
Aug 21, 2015 1:22 pm
bluesteel
bluesteel
6 August 2015

Rainwater collection - questions??

Rainwater collection - questions??
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I got excited thought Dennis had responded, anyone see how this set up could be improved or if it's okay at all?

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bluesteel
Aug 06, 2015 4:05 pm
bluesteel
SaveH2O
SaveH2O
4 August 2015

Need advice on our rainwater collection and storage system.

Need advice on our rainwater collection and storage system.
1, 2, 3, 4

I assume that you are referring to the tank's top meshed inlet and the tank's outlet valve that supplies the pump. Most tanks have the outlet valve fitted very low at the…

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SaveH2O
Aug 04, 2015 1:47 pm
SaveH2O
Budget-Self-Pack
Budget-Self-Pack
28 July 2015

Small Home Living

Small Home Living

It's a great and inspiring infographic and I love the thought of living in a small space. Having kids though, I also worry about where all their stuff goes - and there is…

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Budget-Self-Pack
Jul 28, 2015 12:05 pm
Budget-Self-Pack
dolphinblu
dolphinblu
10 July 2015

Insulating a Timber frame Home

Insulating a Timber frame Home

Stewie D my mistake, I double checked my builder and we have R2.5 in the external walls. Our walls are 90mm thick. We have R4.0 in the ceiling and the autex quietstuff in…

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dolphinblu
Jul 10, 2015 11:50 am
bpratt
bpratt
12 June 2015

Solar power recommendations - Melbourne

Solar power recommendations - Melbourne

That's why I mentioned the inverter that I have, the Kaco inverters. They can be controlled by the Selectronics SP Pro when you go hybrid or fully offgrid. Apparently you…

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bpratt
Jun 12, 2015 5:25 pm

Which Solar HWS have you got?

Which Solar HWS have you got?
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I just leave my electric element on all the time and have adjusted the thermostat down to the minimum 60 degrees. I've monitored the energy usage over a week using a power…

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1960sModernistHome
Jun 03, 2015 6:59 am
1960sModernistHome
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Adam_C
May 13, 2015 9:14 am
tezzab
tezzab
12 May 2015

MgO SIPS - Has anyone built with these, feedback please :).

MgO SIPS - Has anyone built with these, feedback please :).

There's a thread here by efficientdesign about MgO SIPS. He's also posted, as well as others, on the ata.org.au forums. Some interesting reading over there. Like…

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tezzab
May 12, 2015 10:58 pm
tezzab
Grakat
Grakat
3 May 2015

Off grid power just got a kick in the right direction

Off grid power just got a kick in the right direction

Just as long as the Aussie premium doesn't kick in once these battery cells are exported here. $3.5k USD rapidly becomes $15k AUD once a local agent starts dealing in them.

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Grakat
May 03, 2015 6:30 pm
RuffTuff
RuffTuff
1 May 2015

Solar powered water bore

Solar powered water bore

We use a solar powered pump on our bore. Ours is 28m deep. We use a Grundfos submersible pump connected to 400W of solar panels on a tracker. The pump will also run from a…

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RuffTuff
May 01, 2015 11:09 pm
RuffTuff
nrh157
nrh157
30 April 2015

Auto Off Wall Outlet Devices

Auto Off Wall Outlet Devices

I purchased an Anker 5 port smart charger from US a while back, monitors individual units charging & shuts back to trickle when they are full. Review here:

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nrh157
Apr 30, 2015 8:06 am
nrh157
B-Man
B-Man
19 April 2015

Share neighbours Bore

Share neighbours Bore

building-expert thats great insight and the fact you manually swapped power points for the pump hopefully you didnt have to do it too much. since the bore is already…

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B-Man
Apr 19, 2015 5:18 pm
abbeybox
abbeybox
16 April 2015

Masterwall kooltherm cost

Masterwall kooltherm cost

I understand that they are separate elements and a double brick wall is a complete unit but I am just trying to break it down to workout the cost of each so I can get a…

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abbeybox
Apr 16, 2015 8:39 pm
Stewie D
Stewie D
1 April 2015

Location of Solar Hot Water Panel. Ideal House Orientation

Location of Solar Hot Water Panel. Ideal House Orientation

Their comment was the water got too hot during summer but it was nearly time to remove the shade cloth for autumn/winter. Haha, a lot of…

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Stewie D
Apr 01, 2015 9:55 am
aussieta
aussieta
28 March 2015

What to do with used solar panels

What to do with used solar panels

definitely enquire to fit them if not put them on ebay when i enquired about getting a bigger system they told me it would be too expensive to upgrade but i could fit a…

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aussieta
Mar 28, 2015 12:44 pm
aussieta
bpratt
bpratt
22 March 2015

Floating water tank !

Floating water tank !

The soil test indicated H1 soil for the slab, so there's clay there. I had a retaining wall on the garage side of house, but that ground like near the water tank was not…

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bpratt
Mar 22, 2015 10:09 am
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siapao
Mar 17, 2015 9:06 pm
Stewie D
Stewie D
13 March 2015

Shipping Container Homes?

Shipping Container Homes?

If you check out the Owner Builder section there are a few in there. viewtopic.php?f=38&t=68903 viewtopic.php?f=38&t=71702 A search of these forums will turn up a few…

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Stewie D
Mar 13, 2015 8:41 am
kexkez
kexkez
2 March 2015

Solar Panels- Which inverter

Solar Panels- Which inverter

SMA. Are a well recognised. Good brand. Haven't heard of the other but haven't been looking the last few years. We have SMA. And are very happy.

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kexkez
Mar 02, 2015 7:48 am
kexkez
robbie_p
robbie_p
17 February 2015

Water tank advice

Water tank advice

Will do... the plumber said i had the perfect setup to make use of the gravity at my disposal

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robbie_p
Feb 17, 2015 11:13 am

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SaveH2O
Feb 13, 2015 4:49 pm
SaveH2O
greenpeapod
greenpeapod
12 February 2015

Using cork for insulation

Using cork for insulation

Hi guys, I've been reading a few articles lately about using cork as cladding for homes, and as flooring. I'm interested in how sustainable and eco-friendly it is, has…

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greenpeapod
Feb 11, 2015 11:03 pm
TraceyWayne
TraceyWayne
9 February 2015

Solar Panels

Solar Panels
1, 2, 3, 4

Thank you!! Back to the wash for Trina research haha

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TraceyWayne
Feb 09, 2015 9:47 pm
TraceyWayne
Mel Smith
Mel Smith
5 February 2015

Shipping Container Homes Group

Shipping Container Homes Group

Hi Everyone, I hope this is the right place for this I'm Jess and and I'm an eco-friendly housing enthusiast. I have set up a facebook group for people to discuss…

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Mel Smith
Feb 05, 2015 9:52 pm
BJ88
BJ88
1 February 2015

Looking for an Enviro Friendly Air Conditioner

Looking for an Enviro Friendly Air Conditioner

Depends what you define environmentally friendly. If it's one that has the best efficiency compared to common air conditioners on the market, then you need to look into…

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BJ88
Feb 01, 2015 2:27 am
BJ88
SaveH2O
SaveH2O
31 January 2015

The Tipping Points (SBS)

The Tipping Points (SBS)

It hasn't taken long. The excellent "Years Of Living Dangerously" documentary on climate change mentioned earlier in the thread is being repeated on SBS2, commencing at 5…

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SaveH2O
Jan 31, 2015 3:26 pm
SaveH2O
Stewie D
Stewie D
27 January 2015

Solar PV maps and tools

Solar PV maps and tools

Interesting reading. Thanks for the link Liliana. Stewie

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Stewie D
Jan 27, 2015 11:49 am
StructuralBIMGuy
StructuralBIMGuy
24 January 2015

Solar Skylights + Solar Lights

Solar Skylights + Solar Lights

I would like to know more about this also, so am following.............. If anyone has any experience with these can you please let me know your…

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StructuralBIMGuy
Jan 24, 2015 9:04 am
StructuralBIMGuy
SaveH2O
SaveH2O
20 January 2015

Davey Rainbank pumps for rainwater harvesting

Davey Rainbank pumps for rainwater harvesting

Ok, it is the pump and not the RainBank that is the query.…

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SaveH2O
Jan 20, 2015 11:15 am
SaveH2O
MnT
MnT
31 December 2014

Does anyone have full Off Grid Solar Power

Does anyone have full Off Grid Solar Power
1, 2

I realize this is an old post but have only just come across it. We have been living with an for over a year, and we are so happy with the quality of the system, it works…

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MnT
Dec 31, 2014 3:04 pm
MnT
bpratt
bpratt
17 December 2014

Solar power and hot water

Solar power and hot water

Unless you live in an area that it is blowing a gale all the time (well not quite a gale), then wind turbines are a waste of time and money. To get any real power…

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bpratt
Dec 17, 2014 10:33 pm
IHouse
IHouse
11 December 2014

Anyone with experience in using NatHERS rating software?

Anyone with experience in using NatHERS rating software?

Hi there, I just came across this post when searching for Nathers stuff on Google so thought I would join up and comment! I am almost finished my Cert IV in…

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IHouse
Dec 11, 2014 9:55 am
Treeseachanger
Treeseachanger
10 December 2014

Deciduous trees in Perth

Deciduous trees in Perth

I can only hope we do once they all…

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Treeseachanger
Dec 10, 2014 7:17 pm


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