October comfort and cost report

Longer, warmer days reduced the need for any form of heating to keep indoors at a comfortable temperature. The extra sunshine increased solar power production so we had more than enough electricity for household demand and charging EVs.

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Sustainability Awards finalist

Having all three submissions to the 2021 Sustainability Awards added to the list of finalists is a stunning result. This is special recognition for everyone involved in what has been an epic journey from concept to completion.

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Matthew Mallett Photography image of north wall clad in recycled steel roofing

September comfort and cost report

As the days and nights become warmer, less mechanical heating is required to assist passive solar heating (plus insulation) to maintain a comfortable temperature indoors. Increased solar power exports and decreased grid imports reduced the energy bill to 50c per day.

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Miglas Windows image of curved window wall for August report

August comfort and cost report

In August, our high performance home maintained a comfortable indoor temperature within the target range of 18 to 21oC. The month’s energy bill was $47 or approximately $1.50 per day, ...

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North facing living area windows for July report

July comfort and cost report

Analysing the temperature monitoring and electricity consumption data for July is an opportunity to review the comfort and cost of living in a passive solar, all-electric home.

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Electric vehicle summer experience

Committing to electric vehicle only driving was a positive experience. The cars have more than enough range to meet our urban needs, with the MG ZS EV enabling longer distance travel. In summer, trickle charging the EVs with excess solar power minimised the running costs.

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Photo by Miglas showing the finished garden landscaping and northern wall of the sustainable home

Landscaping 23B

Two landscaping projects done and one to go.  When we started on the site development, one of our objectives was completing the gardens as soon as possible after house construction.  ...

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Kitchen and dining area completed in the third home

23B interior finished

Finishing the 23B interior took longer than expected in a challenging 2020, but it's finished. We've moved into our new home and are delighted to be here. The team certainly used everything they learned from building the others to make this a special home.

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Gravity feed rainwater tank on a stand

Gravity feed rainwater system

The gravity feed rainwater system for 23B works but we haven't eliminated the need for a pump. A small, solar powered pump transfers water to the tank to keep it full.

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Feature fence uses timber and steel panels

Fence feature design evolution

Screening the entrances to 23A and 23B proved to be an opportunity for creating decorative fence features which enhanced the landscaping.

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