Experiences from life in an energy efficient house that we built in 2020 on a postage stamp in Sydney.
Our (not even) fifteen minutes of fame. Gav and I were delighted to meet the team from Renovate or Rebuild when they interviewed for us a segment in the final episode of Season 1. The new TV show works with home owners who need to decide if they should renovate or rebuild. The team bringContinue reading “As seen on TV”
When we purchased our land and the house plans it came with some fancy artists impressions of the final design. We loved them. How did we go with the final outcome?
I’ve posted a lot about the ‘passive’ part of our ‘Passive Not Massive’ moniker, now it’s time to talk about the ‘not massive’ part. Many of our visitors are surprised, that our house isn’t as small as they expected. In the beginning we joked about it being a tiny house, but then we switched toContinue reading “How compact is compact? And how are we getting away with it?”
We know certification is an essential component of passive house and we fully understand why. We are passionate about passive house (PH), and what it means for a healthy, comfortable, high performing and energy efficient home; however, sadly, our house won’t achieve passive house certification. Why aren’t we going to be certified? A lot ofContinue reading “To certify or not to certify?”
We were very lucky to be able to move into our new home 4 weeks before Christmas. The holy grail! It prompted many comments of “oh, you’re in by Christmas!”. Although we’re in, we aren’t ready for Kevin McCloud to swing by just yet. There’s still a few things to be done; some cosmetic, someContinue reading ““In by Christmas” doesn’t mean done by Christmas”
Building a house is expensive, building a passive house possibly even more so (even if it is compact). We’ve made every attempt to reduce costs where possible. One place we’ve attempted to save money is in waste removal, rather than have it included in the building contract we agreed to keep the site tidy andContinue reading “Building site bin chickens”
We are a couple who were lucky enough to buy a block of land in our local area where we are now building a passive house.
What is a passive house?
Passive house design principles ensure a house is built to suit the local climate, is well insulated, air tight, has no thermal bridges and should not need energy intensive heating and cooling.
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