Dismantling started with the base boards on the house

Dismantling begins

With the planning permit approved, it's time to move onto site preparation for constructing Unit 1. Rather than demolish the house, it will be dismantled to maximise the opportunities for reusing and recycling. Why buy new materials when there are so many already on site?

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Star rating for house designs

Ideas from 10 Star house challenge

Just because a house design can be designed to reach the maximum energy rating of 10 Stars, does that mean we should aim for 10 Stars in our designs? We attended a talk by Tim Adams from F2 Design to find out the answer.

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Surprise arrival of VCAT decision

Early VCAT decision

Some emails should arrive with a fanfare – a call to arms on the bugle.  They catch your attention with a colourful display of fireworks to proudly announce their arrival! ...

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House with solar panels

Go big for home solar array

There is still plenty to think about while we wait for our neighbours to respond to the latest communication about the trees on our boundary.  Reading a few articles encouraged ...

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Getting the facts about tree roots with a trench

Facts about the trees

Finding out exactly where the roots from the trees next door come into our property should be helpful in reducing our neighbour's concerns about future excavations damaging these canopy trees.

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House with solar panels

Solar plus batteries gaining momentum

Installing solar cells and then fitting a battery storage system might be worth a few greenie points, but is the extra cost justified on a purely economic analysis? Not yet maybe, but current trends indicate that time isn't too far in the future.

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Green roof on suburban house

Green roof on a cool home

As part of Maroondah Council’s activities for Earth Hour, they organised a talk on using vegetation to assist a home’s passive cooling. Libby and I went along and heard how to use ...

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Possible trip to VCAT offices

What does going to VCAT mean?

I didn’t believe Libby was serious when she said it.  I remember thinking, “I heard that wrong.”  When I asked her to repeat the sentence, it was identical.  She replied, ...

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Permit decision made by Council

Planning permit decision

Libby had her psychic antenna up and running the other day.  She felt the need to call David and ask him if he’d  heard anything from the Council  about our planning ...

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Important idea to share with others

An important idea or two to share

Every now and then, something happens that makes you pause and think about what’s been going on.  In our case, the thing that made us go, “Mmm,” was being asked ...

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