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·1044 words
How the Australian building industry and regulations failed to deliver a comfortable house.
Thermal bridges
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Steel beams are the weakest link. Thermally speaking.
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.)
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.