Rendered Foam walls are becoming much more common, particularly in the upper floor of 2 storey homes. They offer a real advantage in situations where it would be difficult to provide adequate suppport for a heavy brick wall (For example when the upper floor needs to be set back from the ground floor)
If you [read more...]
I frequently see comments like “Ceiling insulation is next to worthless in summer.”
I have even heard people say “With a hot roof space it will be overwhelmed.” and “After the sun has gone off it stops the house cooling down.”
Here is the truth:
All insulation works by slowing the rate of heat [read more...]
When most people think about rainfall they think about the amount of rainfall . . . . . . . . . but it’s just as important to understand how hard it can rain, the ’Rainfall Intensity’.
The ‘Rainfall Intensity’ is important when thinking about things like; Roof Gutters, Down Pipes, Stormwater Pipes , Tank [read more...]
Downsizing to a smaller new house for your retirement? Don’t forget to think about solar power.
Last week I revised a post ‘Solar Power is it Worth It?‘ but if you are approaching retirement, like me, there can be an even bigger financial advantage in having solar installed.
Because we are both [read more...]
There is a lot of marketing information around about Grid Connected Solar Panels but not many independant facts. Here’s an example of an evaluation of a basic system for a house.
We use around 16kw hours (kwhr) of electricity per day which is fairly typical; For each 1kw of solar panels we can expect [read more...]
This is a fairly typical rainwater collection installation.
Gutters discharging to a pipe which discharges onto a screen fitted to the tank access point, cheap and cheerful!
I must have seen it hundreds of times . . . . . . but it has some negative implications on the water quality you will get [read more...]
Thanks to SaveH2O, of Supadiverta
This diagram indicates a charged rainwater collection system. These are sometimes called either a “wet” or a “pressure” system.
NB. This diagram has been simplified for clarity. A leaf diverter, and an adequate overflow, must also be fitted.
With this type of system a section of [read more...]