Mar 7, 2014: BASIX is a JOKE!

I was pleased to learn from our local building inspector that we can obtain an Interim Occupancy Certificate (I’ve been lived in Montana for twenty years so I’m still getting reacquainted with how things work here at home). This means that Cintia and I will be able to move into the Greeny Flat as soon […]

March 16, 2018: More Sustainable Subdivisions

A while ago I was asked by a friend who had just bought a block of land in the prestigious ‘Retford Park’ subdivision in Bowral, to help him design an energy efficient home to build on the property. I was dismayed and disgusted to discover that the ‘Design Guidelines’ for this subdivision actually made it […]

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 […]

Oct 20, 2016: Episode 4 and Catchpower Answers

This week we present Episode 4 in our ongoing series of short videos on the Energy Retrofit of the old cottage next to the Greeny Flat. In last week’s video we were dealing with the ventilation of the under-floor area. This week we focus on relining the eaves and ventilating the attic. Ironically, in a […]

Sept 23, 2016: Catch Power – So What’s The Catch?

In last week’s Newsletter I mentioned a sort of simplified Energy Management System called Catch Power. If you happen to live in the Southern Highlands of NSW you may have heard about a seminar on Monday offering information for people coming off the 60c Feed-in Tariff. This seminar will be promoting the Catch Power system. […]

July 8, 2016: Election Day – Droning On

Well, election day was a week ago and we still don’t know who won but it’s looking depressingly like the Coalition might cling to power with the help of Bob Katter’s Australian Party. As usual we poor suckers were faced with a number of awful choices between the lesser of various evils. I dream of […]

Mar 6, 2016: Beware of ‘Standard Practices’

For the last nine months or so I’ve been helping a friend who is trying to get her dream home built not far from the Greeny Flat. She started with a vacant lot and I’ve been consulting to her on the design, permitting, choosing a builder and attempting to ensure that the project gets completed […]

Oct 16, 2015: Greeny Flat Wins Green Globe Award!

Andy accepts the Green Globe award for ‘Excellence in Sustainability – Residential Projects’.

We were greatly honoured last night to receive a Green Globe Award from the NSW Government. Now in their 16th year, the Green Globes are awarded for ‘Excellence in Sustainability’ in sixteen different categories. This year was the first time they […]

Apr 4, 2015: UK’s First Carbon Neutral Town

While Australia bumbles along under the mismanagement of our various governments, falling further and further behind the rest of the world in taking action to create a better future, there are exciting things happening on the other side of the globe. As I mentioned in our Newsletter on Dec 14, 2014, the conservative government in […]

Mar 24, 2014: start of a big week

This is going to be a big week on the Greeny Flat project. Cintia and I have to be out of the main house by the end of the month (next Monday) so the Greeny Flat has to be ready to occupy by the end of the this week. Luckily the council will allow us […]