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hummerd

We built our solar passive offgrid house over a VERY long time but it has been worth every minute of hard labour. We live on the southern tablelands in NSW where winter temps can get down to -5 and summer temps up to 44. We have a lot of thermal mass (slowcombustion hydronics through insulated concrete slab; and double brick internal walls) and a lot of huge, north facing windows with solar verandahs (ie sun comes about 5 meteres into the house in winter and not at all at the height of summer) and cross ventilation. We stuck with the solar passive principles of very little glazing on the south and east sides and we have a garage on the west end of the house which means no living area affected by the afternoon sun. We have recently completed 12 months living in our "new" house and found that the internal temperatures throughout the whole house stays very stable for very little effort. Why dont more people build this way???

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yangan

I'd like to see sustainable passive designed houses in the subtropical climate where we live in northern nsw. Please let me know of any that are built here for our specific climatic challenges including harsh sun, fairly high rainfall etc. thanks

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Mary Joyce Del Rosario

It's really nice to know that when it comes to building homes Australians are becoming more and more aware of the importance of helping the environment by making their home more sustainable and eco-friendly.

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