June 23, 2017: In The News This Week

I’d like to draw your attention to two articles that appeared in the press this week.

Southern Highlands Solar Challenge

Some of the Challenge Team working at the Welby Garden Centre

The first is specific to our local community, the Southern Highlands of NSW, but readers anywhere are invited to help if you can. […]

June 16, 2017: Grow Your Bricks and Monitor Your Energy

I have written before about the global need to find alternatives to concrete. In this Newsletter from April 2015 I wrote about a wonderful bank building I was involved with in Missoula, Montana that didn’t use any Portland Cement or standard concrete in its construction. Instead we used a 100% recycled mixture of fly-ash (a […]

June 2, 2017: Dark Days and Bright Spots

The Leader of the Free World

Well, it’s a dark day here at the Greeny Flat. We learned this morning that Donald Trump has decided to back out of the Paris Climate Accord complaining that it is ‘very unfair to the US‘. I wonder if anyone has pointed out to him that the US, […]

May 19, 2017: Things That Caught My Eye

Cintia and I had a lovely holiday in Port Macquarie last week and now we’re happily home again in our cozy little Greeny Flat. It’s too wet to do any work on the Energy Retrofit of the old cottage next door so I thought I’d provide you with links to a bunch of interesting things […]

May 12, 2017: The Sublime and the Ridiculous

This week Cintia and I are on holiday in Port Macquarie which we’re discovering is a delightful place. Apart from getting to surf everyday we’ve been on wonderful walks along the coast, had delicious meals in fancy restaurants and today we went to visit the koala hospital. They really are the most adorable creatures and […]

May 4, 2017: Episode 12 – Replacing the Sewer Lines

This week we have a new video to share about the ongoing Energy Retrofit of the old fibro cottage next to the Greeny Flat. If you’re new to our site you can catch up on all eleven of our previous short little videos about the project by CLICKING HERE.

Our latest episode (below) shows us […]

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 […]