Your Home Technical Manual

Australia’s guide to environmentally sustainable homes

INTRODUCTION

1.0 Index

1.1 Introduction

1.2 Historical perpective

1.3 Common Myths

1.4 Carbon Neutral

1.5 Rating Tools

1.6 Environment Design Guide

SUSTAINABLE COMMUNITIES

2.1 Introduction

2.2 Choosing a Site

2.3 Streetscape

2.4 Sustainable landscapes

2.5 Biodiversity On-site

2.6 Transport

2.7 Noise Control

2.8 Sediment Control

2.9 Challenging Sites

DESIGN FOR LIFE

3.1 Introduction

3.2 The Adaptable House

3.3 The Healthy Home

3.4 Safety and Security

3.5 Bushfires

PASSIVE DESIGN

4.1 Introduction

4.2 Design for Climate

4.3 Orientation

4.4 Shading

4.5 Passive Solar Heating

4.6 Passive Cooling

4.7 Insulation

4.8 Insulation Installation

4.9 Thermal Mass

4.10 Glazing

4.11 Skylights

4.12 Apartments and Multi-unit Housing

MATERIAL USE

5.1 Introduction

5.2 Embodied Energy

5.3 Waste Minimisation

5.4 Biodiversity Off-site

5.5 Construction Systems

5.6 Mud Brick (Adobe)

5.7 Rammed Earth (Pisé)

5.8 Straw Bale

5.9 Lightweight Timber

5.10 Clay Brick

5.11 Autoclaved Aerated Concrete (AAC)

5.12 Concrete Slab Floors

5.13 Green Roofs and Walls

ENERGY USE

6.1 Introduction

6.2 Heating and Cooling

6.3 Lighting

6.4 Appliances

6.5 Hot Water Service

6.6 Renewable Energy

6.7 Photovoltaic Systems

6.8 Wind Systems

6.9 Batteries and Inverters

6.10 Home Automation

WATER USE

7.1 Introduction

7.2 Reducing Water Demand

7.3 Rainwater

7.4 Wastewater Re-use

7.5 Stormwater

7.6 Outdoor Water Use

7.7 Low Impact Toilets

7.8 Water Case Studies

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