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Home Journey
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The story of a new house in Canberra (Australia) that failed to protect against winter cold and summer heat. How did this happen? What can be done to fix it?
Why NatHERS should be open source
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For transparency, progress and accountability of a model that is central to the Australian residential building sector affecting millions of people. (Ownership and control can remain with CSIRO.)
Insulating these downlights from below
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Insulating 1969-era architectural downlights in a raked ceiling.
The confusion at the heart of the building code
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What are the goals of housing energy efficiency regulation? How does the current system deliver on those goals?
NatHERS is biased towards concrete
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NatHERS really likes concrete floors. If you don’t have a concrete slab, you will have a hard time getting your star rating. But this depends on at least two questionable assumptions.
NatHERS makes it hard to build small houses
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Or to put it another way, NatHERS lets big houses off the hook. In two ways. Because small houses naturally have more surface area; and energy use limits are per square metre, not per house.
Quiet Shed
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I needed a place to store and use my tools. A shed-workshop. I made it as soundproof as I could, for the neighbours (or maybe just to learn about soundproofing). Construction took 2-3 months and cost $6k.
The Pea Hut
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A hut. An art studio. A home office. A climate refuge. Built in 4 months for $35k, this is a demonstration of my philosophy of comfort and energy efficiency.
Shrink-wrapped building sites
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I’m travelling in New Zealand. There’s a lot that’s familiar coming from Australia. But one thing that stood out for me is that they shrink-wrap their building sites.