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Roger Thompson Photography

I Love those large overhangs keeping the sun out. Must take some engineering :) . great in photos too of course!

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baxjor

Our town is now dealing with a severe water shortage and we are limited to 100 litres per person per day, ( facing the possibility of running out of town supply by mid 2020) no watering of gardens etc. and a temperature range that sees consecutive days with temperatures in the mid to high 30's I wish I had the ability to build a dwelling underground. Unfortunately for a large number of us we are living in poorly designed homes without the financial resources to affect change.

   
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bparch48

baxjor, Thank you for sharing your water crisis. You are not alone. It is not only the outback towns like Cook on the Nullabor that are running out of water. Tamworth and Orange are running out of water. Tamborine Mountain in Queensland has a water crisis. An underground house will be cooler and I have designed a berm house in Gippsland Victoria in a bushfire flame zone BAL FZ. Excellent house design responds to a problem and comes up with a solution. If you want to find what you can do about your home you can watch my online master class on home design responding to the sun path and start to think about what can you do that is cost-effective and works to keep your home cooler in summer. You can see the online master class at https://vimeo.com/375332603. A group of you in similar circumstances could get together and apply to your local council for a community grant to help fund some of these initiatives to improve the summer cooling of your home. You could start with small changes to your home as you can afford like external summer shading to the west side of your home if this works for your home. It will be 10degrees cooler in the shade. Even simple and small changes to your home can have an impact on the internal temperature of your home. The underground berm BAL FZ house can be seen at https://www.bparchitects.com.au/portfolio/projectsbushfire-home/.

   

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