We are building a Duplex in Queensland. Builder included solar HWS in the pricing. Due to the limited roof space on the north facing roof and where the bathrooms are located within the building the system for one unit is installed facing north but the second unit was installed facing west (or just slightly north of west I think).
Plumbing inspector is refusing to approve the installation as he says the collector should face north even though there is no space for it.
Under Queensland law (as far as I can see) there is no requirement to have an energy efficient hot water system so we could install a plain old electric system and it would be approved but because we have gone solar the inspector says no (even though Rheem states that the system will still generate 90% of the hot water that it would if installed as per the recommended orientation).
Has anyone else come across this and is there any way around it short of pulling the efficient solar system off the roof and putting a crappy electric one in instead??? Bureaucracy gone mad?