April 28, 2017: Doing the Dirty Work

Replacing the sewer lines down the west side of the house next to the Greeny Flat.

It’s been a busy week here at the Greeny Flat. We’ve been replacing the sewer lines as part of the energy retrofit of the old fibro cottage on the property. For new readers, you can catch up on […]

April 7, 2017: 3RD EARTH DAY PARTY – April 22

Saturday, April 22nd marks the global celebration of Earth Day as well as the end of our third year of living in and monitoring the performance of the Greeny Flat. Hopefully the rain will stay away or we might be packed in like sardines as we were for our first Earth Day Party (see […]

March 17, 2017: Big Changes Coming

Happy St Patrick’s Day! I have nothing to write about that relates to anything Irish or alcoholic but some of it might be green. This week I want to talk about some major changes that seem to be heading our way and might have a big effect on the way we work, drive, build and […]

March3, 2017: Massive Erections

Did you know that Australians have the biggest erections in the world?

I’m talking, or course, about the size of our new homes.

When they say ‘acreage design’ I think they’re talking about the floor area but if you read the fine print, the good news is that ‘the layout ensures energy efficiency and […]

Feb 2, 2017: Every Home Needs This!

I have an idea for a gadget that I think every home could benefit from and that could also help provide valuable data to research organisations like the CSIRO.

Will Sydney beat the heat record tomorrow?

Right now Sydney is bracing for what is predicted to be the hottest February day on record. Meanwhile […]

Feb 3, 2017: Episode 11 – How To Make a Solar Air Heating Wall

This week we present Episode 11 in our series of short videos about the energy retrofit of the old fibro cottage next to the Greeny Flat. In Episode 10 we explained the reasons why we are turning the whole north wall of the cottage into a Solar Air Heater. In today’s episode we show how.

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Jan 20, 2017: Episode 10 – Why Build a Solar Air Heating Wall?

After a bit of a break over the holiday season we’re back in action on the Energy Retrofit of the old fibro cottage next to the Greeny Flat. This week we present the tenth in our series of short videos about the project. In our last episode we showed how we converted the old brick […]

Jan 13, 2017: Agents of Change and a New Local Brew

Hello again, I’m still working out the details of the Solar Air Heating Wall for the cottage retrofit so no video this week. Instead I’d like to share a couple of interesting developments which have just come to my notice in the last couple of days.

liveability.com.au Aims to Convert Agents of Real Estate into […]

Jan 6, 2017: Starfish and the Cost of Australia’s Poor Quality Houses

Happy New Year everyone! I hope you all had a relaxing break. Cintia and I had an amazing four days PHEV-camping down near Ulladulla which included getting soaked in the best thunderstorm I’ve seen for years; a night out on a boat on a lake under a spectacular moonless, starry sky; a ruined trailer tyre […]

Dec 23, 2016: Episode 9 – What’s a Trombe Wall?

Happy Summer Solstice everyone! It was a big day this week for Pagans and Passive Solar Designers everywhere as the sun hit its highest point in the sky. The sad news for those of us in the Southern Hemisphere is that, from now on the days start to get shorter and shorter…. Winter is Coming! […]