I regularly get asked “how many solar panels should I install?” The answer is simple: As many as you possibly can. Here’s why. Solar panels are now incredibility cheap, costing about $1 per Watt or $5,000 for a 5kW system.  Over the warranted 25 year life of the system, the electricity generated costs only about

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When talking about solar energy or efficient houses I often get asked whether I am installing batteries. At this stage, though my house and solar system are battery ready, I’m not installing batteries as they are of neither cost or environmental benefit to me.  This doesn’t however mean they don’t suit others and I wanted

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Whitehouse Concepts recently completed an extension with a twist; being that is was actually an apartment! That’s right, extensions aren’t just for houses and if the building structure is right, you can also do extensions to apartments. The process in which you go about these extensions is quite different to a house because there is a body corporation involved, but the rewards outweigh the extra hassle as apartments are typically smaller with limited outside area and any extension work adds immediate value.

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With any old house there is always the age old question of whether to Reno or Demo. Having recently just demolished an older house, I thought I’d share my thoughts on why we chose to do what we did, but also the situations where a good renovation would also do the trick.

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Flooding is one of the most devastating phenonmenons in the world, and is the most frequent hazard compared to other natural hazards such as droughts, fires, and earthquakes. With most Australians living on the coast, and about 40% of NSW’s coastline vulnerable to recession under sea level rise [1] – we look at how flooding (exacerbated by climate change) affects the Illawarra and housing.

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There was a recent article in the Illawarra Mercury¹ about a proposed development in the Thirroul area (not my design), that stirred a community uproar as they feared the effects of coastal erosion and impact the development could have on access and views from the neighbouring public reserve.
Examining this house provides a good opportunity to explain the role of designers in residential design, and the magnitude of policies and regulations that we need to be aware of and conform to for every house.

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