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Peter Cass

We are installing a pool and to offset the potential increase in energy we have put in a evacuated tube heating system which is not only connected to the pool but also heats the hot water, house hydronic heating and spa. So far our gas use has dropped by about 40% and all is working beautifully.

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rosecafe

There's a lot made of environmentally friendly products and construction methodologies; a lot spoken about it and a lot published in various publications, but little mandatory regualtion imposed by planning and building authorities.

No doubt some of this stuff will become the 'new norm', in the meantime, the costs, when applied to renovating old into new and more liveable dwellings, are often prohitbitive. My local authority wanted me to dismantle old stable timber-framed and timber-lined walls to insatll new insulation. My argument was to demomstrate that there was no detriment to leaving matters untouched; and so I've left them. A near neighbour, on the other hand, obliged council by installing very expensive double glazing in a new extention; in a 100 year old home in very temporate, sub-tropical climate. One room only in this house has double glazing, the rest remain as built; circa 1920. Nonsensical one size fits all application of regulations, to renos' and new builds alike, by local authorities is not good enough.


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Anupama Pandey

Hi Rod! I am from NSW. I have old house with large single glazed windows. I am in the midst of deciding whether to change the windows to double glazed windows or add secondary window. Although I am more keen on Double glazed window, but not sure on how expensive it will be compared to adding just the secondary windows. My I know, roughly how much did you spend on secondary windows? and did you at any point consider double glazed window?

I would also like to know which option is better in reducing outside noise.

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