New sustainable home rating method

Not everyone interested in sustainable home design has the opportunity to start from scratch with a blank sheet of paper like we did.  I’m sure many people steadily upgrade their ...

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Hitting the target NatHERS Star rating range

Target for NatHERS Star rating

Achieving a NatHERS Star rating of 8.2 Stars means our home will be comfortable to live in without the need for excessive amounts of energy for heating and cooling. Studies of similar designs show the additional cost to install the necessary sustainability features are financially justified.

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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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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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Aiming for a green home with an 8 star plus rating

8 star plus energy rating

Envelope please.  And tonight’s winning number is 8.1!  We’d just opened an email from David to discover our house designs had scored an 8 star plus energy rating. What does 8 ...

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Wireless sensor tag for monitoring temperature

Wireless sensor tags arrive

I couldn’t wait to open the package that recently arrived on our doorstep.  I’d been tracking its progress in the mail system for a few days.  My Wireless Sensor Tags ...

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Choosing the right insulation to reduce heat loss

Insulation choices

After sorting out the cladding options for our homes, we started to think about insulation.  What material should we choose to do the hard yakka of reducing heat flow through the ...

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Heating the home with air conditioning

Goldilocks heating method

The more we investigated heating options, the more the experience reminded me of Goldilocks choosing a bowl of porridge.  Which method might be too hot? Which might be too cold?  Which ...

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Home show 2016

Visiting the Melbourne Home Show is another way to gather ideas and opinions about what sustainability features we should include in our design.

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Lignagroup are the manufactures of LIGNASTONE


Excursion to Lignagroup to find out more about how LIGNASTONE is made and how it can be used in our home design to reduce heating and cooling costs.

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