Lighting Levels

incandescent bulb

There are two elements when considering Lighting levels for your new house.

Electrical Power (Watts) Amount of Light (Lumens) Watts

In the old days with incandescent bulbs it used to be simple, bulbs came in 40, 60 and 100watts and you were allowed up to 25 watts/square metre of floor space.

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Instantaneous Electric Water Heater

Instantaneous Water Heater

No Gas Supply? . . . . .Well an Instantaneous Electric Water Heater may be an option.

This is our unit which is tucked away in a wardrobe.

The unit provides all our hot water for washing and showers, only heating the water when we need it, and never running out.

The unit is [read more...]

Polished Concrete

polished concrete

So you like the idea of Polished Concrete. . . . but with costs ranging from $55/m2 to $120/m2 there are quite a few things to think about.

Slab Design and Construction

Quality of finish starts with the design and specification of the slab. That includes:

Correct Reinforcement in the right place. Properly designed expansion [read more...]

Comparing Gas and Electricity

Traditionally gas has been cheaper than electricity but with the price of gas rising this could change.

Actually comparing value for money is quite complicated so I though I would explain how to do the various calculations.

Cubic Metres to Megajoules

Gas is measured at the meter in cubic metres but you pay by the [read more...]

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Solar is Winning

sun

Electricity demand has dropped so much that Australia currently has at least 3 major coal fired power stations more than it needs! (This year the surplus capacity at peak demand is estimated to be around 8,000 megawatts)

In early July this year there was actually zero demand for power station generation in Queensland, mainly [read more...]

Window Abbreviations

When you are looking at builders plans it can be hard to understand what all the abbreviations mean!

Here are some common window Abbreviations /Acronyms:

AL – Aluminium (also Alum) AW – Awning Window CG – Clear Glass CLR.OPG – Clear Opening CR – Curtain Rod DG – Double Glazing DH – Double [read more...]

Specification

Control of costs is really important if you don’t want to run over budget on your new home.

One of the key areas in controlling costs is understanding the specification of the house.

One of the traps that many people fall into is paying a deposit based on an initial specification, They are then hit [read more...]

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Roof Slope

steep roof

This house has one of the steepest roofs that I have seen around Melbourne.

I certainly think doing any work would be a bit scary, and very expensive.

So what are the considerations when thinking about Roof Slope (or Roof Pitch)

Roofing Material

In general a tile roof needs more of a slope than a [read more...]