Nov 9, 2018: A Tale of Two Houses

House No 1.

This afternoon I was driving past the house of a friend of mine (shown in the photo above). In the interests of full disclosure I should say from the start that I had a hand in the design and siting of this particular little gem. But what struck me most today […]

Oct 2018: Is The Housing Market Starting to See the Light?

Regular readers will know that, for years now, I have been banging on about the benefits of smaller, more energy-efficient, cost-effective, low-maintenance homes (like the Greeny Flat) in towns and cities that are designed for people, communities and sustainability (rather than automobiles). In fact I’ve been advocating for this sort of thing for most of […]

Sept 16, 2018: Greeny Flat Testimonial.

For the last three months, while we’ve been up in Queensland working on our affordable housing project, we’ve had a lovely woman named Brenda renting and living in the Greeny Flat. She moved out at the end of August and sent me the following email about her stay. This was Brenda’s first experience with a […]

Sept 7, 2018: Lighter Roofs and Cheaper PHEVs

Why Dark Roofs Are ‘Crazy’

I’ve been saying it for years and it’s nice to see that the message seems to be getting through. This week I received the the following email from one Newsletter readers…

Hi Andy, I decided to replace the roof on the house I live some 7 years ago. It’s situated […]

August 31, 2018: Windows and Cladding

Since our last Newsletter we’ve managed to finish installing the windows, complete the electrical rough-in, and make a pretty good start on the exterior cladding.

Windows in and cladding going on.

We’re using a light (‘Surfmist’) coloured corrugated steel for our exterior walls (as well as the roof) because it reflects the heat better […]

August 17, 2018: Adamant About Eaves

For the last couple of months Cintia and I have been working on an affordable housing project in Queensland. I’ll give an update on that in a minute but before I do I’d like to take a brief side-track and talk about the importance of a good roof overhang.

Is this the epitome of […]

July 27, 2018: Progress Photos

As mentioned in our last two Newsletters, Cintia and I are up in Queensland working on an affordable housing project. This week I thought I’d share a few images to show you what we’re aiming for and how far we’ve got.

Below is a screenshot of a 3D model which gives an idea of what […]

July 13, 2018: Project Progress

As mentioned in last week’s newsletter, Cintia and I are up in Queensland working on an affordable housing project… by that I mean we’re trying to build a house that we can afford because we certainly can’t afford one in the Southern Highlands.

We found a wonderful place called Russell Island with cheap land, a […]

July 7, 2018: Affordable Housing Project in QLD

It’s been nearly a month since I wrote our last Newsletter. That’s because Cintia and I are up in Queensland working on our very own affordable housing project. Don’t get me wrong, we love living in the Greeny Flat and we have a wonderful community of friends and family in the Southern Highlands of NSW. […]

May 11, 2018: DIY Retrofit Double-Glazing

A bit over a year ago I made a trip down to Sydney to do an Energy Assessment on an existing house in Epping. Probably built around 1950 on a west-facing site, this house had a tendency to get unbearable hot in the summer time and uncomfortably cold in the winter. Among a […]