Sustainability Modifications to a Standard Design

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Lots of people say you can’t get a sustainable house from a standard builder . . . . but I disagree!

As an example I have started with this standard floor plan from the ‘MYPAD’ design of HomeStart, Perth first home buyer grant specialist.

Here is how I would look to get most sustainable performance [read more…]

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Thermal Mass for Heating

If you read up about energy efficiency you will come across the expression ‘Thermal Mass’ . . . . . . but what is it? . . . . . and how does it work?

Materials with Thermal Mass

The most common materials with Thermal Mass in new houses are; Concrete, Stone, Slate, Tiles and [read more…]

Glaring Fail

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Here is a new town house development in Melbourne.

Just a couple of ‘small’ problems

Those huge master bedroom windows face west so they are going to get the summer sun all day from around 2.00pm until late in the evening. What makes it worst is it has full length mirrored wardrobes on the [read more…]

Window Shade Fail

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I saw these north facing windows the other day.

In spite of the architectural detailing this is a lesson on how to stuff up shading!

Its less than an hour from Midday and already most of the window is out of the shade. If you want to know how to [read more…]

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Advice – Fail

North Facing Blocks

When I saw this Billboard the other day I had turn round to drive past it again, as I didn’t believe it the first time!

They are making it appear that it’s a big deal that they are selling what are the worst blocks on the estate!

A North Facing Block mean [read more…]

Eaves

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If you go back 20 years most houses had proper eaves but now they are less common. As I travel around I sometimes see new houses with eaves on the front facade but non elsewhere which I think looks weird.

If you are thinking about Eaves on your new house here are some advantages [read more…]

West, or East, Facing Windows

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Well the first rule is to avoid West, or East, facing windows or at least keep them as small as possible….and here is why:

Summer

West windows get direct sunlight from mid-afternoon to late in the evening in summer causing overheating.

East facing windows get sun from sunrise to midday. This [read more…]

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Block Orientation

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When looking at block orientation a key issue is using the sun to warm the house in winter and keeping the sun out of the rooms in the summer.

Typical blocks in Australia are rectangular. About twice as long as the block width, as are most home designs. This limits the [read more…]