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Tribbletrouble44152k7 Trek

A sustainability consultant advised plastic cladding? Is this normal plastic from petroleum?

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Chris Byrne

A personal situation dictated building our retirement home in Australia using lightweight construction --we had to go with a factory build as we couldn't spend the time on-site to supervised concrete, rammed earth, or other high-mass methods. However, we've been pleased by how comfortable a dwelling attention to sun orientation, the depth of eaves, ventilation paths, insulation and sealing produced. Yes, it warms up during a hot summer day (although we think that will be much improved by new east wall shade sails) but it cools off beautifully at night. A wood stove and passive solar keeps the place warm, even toasty, in the winter (like having to open windows in the afternoon on sunny days toasty). All the wood comes from our property.

My biggest regret is that we didn't pay a private inspector to check on the house during factory construction, as we discovered after delivery that the builder had done a poor job of implementing the insulation specifications.


   
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Chris Byrne

...And, I should have added, appropriate shading in hot-summer climates, ventilation, insulation, sealing and attention to orientation should all be achievable on a reasonable budget! Maybe once we actually retire we'll build an addition with a shared rammed-earth wall....

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