Air Conditioning – Ducted, or Separate Units?

ducted heating vent

Guest post by Hubert Dwight

Choosing between split systems and ducted air conditioning systems is no easy task.

We understand that nagging voice in the back of your head that keeps asking “Will we go for a split systems or go for it and purchase a ducted air con system?”

Weighing up the [read more…]

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More Storage Space . . . . or Too Much Stuff?

modular storage

Read the House Magazines or watch TV Programs and you will often notice quotes like:

“You can never have too much storage space.”

Well I think that’s BULLDUST!

If you think you need more storage space; then think about getting rid of some STUFF.

Get too much [read more…]

Low Bank Valuations

People building a new home are often shocked when their bank valuation is less than the cost of the land plus the build cost.

Problems With Low Valuation

The two issue are

Unless your deposit is larger than the difference between the Final Cost and the valuation you will be unable to finance the build. [read more…]

Passiv Haus

Castlemaine Pasiv Haus

What is a Passiv Haus (Passive House)?

Well as you might have guessed the term originates in Germany, and relates to a method of achieving more sustainable performance (and lower Energy Bills)

It’s a technique which doesn’t rely on good orientation, high thermal mass and natural cross flow ventilation to provide comfortable [read more…]

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Sensor Switches

Sensor switch

Fed up with lights being left on!

Why not plan some internal sensor switches for your new home.

Unlike the sensor lights commonly used for outdoors its common to have a sensor switch wired into the lighting circuit rather than a combined sensor and light.

For my last house I installed one in the Walk [read more…]

Electrical Abbrevations

electrical drawing

Looking at an electrical plan, or reading an electrical specification, and wondering what all the abbreviations are?

Well here are some of the more common ones you may encounter, many with links to other posts:

3ph – Three Phase Power AC – Alternating Current ACU – Air Conditioning Unit CB – Circuit Breaker [read more…]

Why I Won’t Be Buying Anti-Bacterial Paint

anti bacterial paint

Or Any Other Home Anti-Bacterial Products!

The other night on the television I saw (at least 5 times) an advert for anti-bacterial paint.

Here are five reasons why I think this is marketing hype, and I won’t be buying it:

Personal Experience

It might have been the ‘Good Old Days’ but my [read more…]

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Ingress Protection (IP) Ratings

IP rating fitting

If you have bought an outside electrical switch, light, power point, or child proof power point, you may have seen it described with an IP rating. . . . but what does the IP numbers mean?

Understanding The Numbers

Well the IP rating (Ingress Protection Rating or International Protection Rating,) consists of two digits. These [read more…]