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Planning a trip to Dubai? The Cayan Tower by SOM in the Marina is a must see. Built in 2013 each of this skyscraper’s 75 floor plates is rotated slightly from the one below, resulting in a 90-degree twist from bottom to top. It's designed to combat wind load but the benefit for those on the ground is the way it reflects sunlight at different times of day, adding aesthetic appeal. Find out more about hot architecture spots across the globe in Destination Architecture at Phaidon.com (photo: Tim Griffith).

Planning a trip to Dubai? The Cayan Tower by SOM in the Marina is a must see. Built in 2013 each of this skyscraper’s 75 floor plates is rotated slightly from the one below, resulting in a 90-degree twist from bottom to top. It's designed to combat wind load but the benefit for those on the ground is the way it reflects sunlight at different times of day, adding aesthetic appeal. Find out more about hot architecture spots across the globe in Destination Architecture at Phaidon.com (photo: Tim Griffith) ...

How’s your energy?
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We have solar power - we first installed a 1.5kw system in Sydney seven years ago, and put on a 5kw system when we moved to Perth three years ago. Did you know that Perth is one of the sunniest cities in the world? It’s a no-brainer to get photovoltaics here, if you can.
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Getting solar power prompted us to change our energy use patterns. Now we run our dishwasher and washing machine after about 8am, once we are producing enough electricity for our base load plus those appliances.
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On sunny days, we might run the dryer for the socks and undies, because it’s basically free to do so. We try to limit our use of power after 2pm (when peak rates kick in) unless we’ve got plenty from the solar.
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I’ve got an app on my phone (pic 3) that shows what the inverter is producing (pics 5&6) and we can check the meter box to see if we are using solar power (the red flashing light is off) or importing from the grid (the light flashes faster the more we import) (pic 4)
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When we got our Sydney system, it cost $5k. So did the Perth system, which produces 3x as much power - that’s how much prices are dropping as takeup rises.
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I’m told the sweet spot for battery installation will arrive in about 1-2 years, so we’ll investigate that too, to see if we can bring our bills (currently about $700/year) down to zero.
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Have you considered getting solar power at home? Sing out if you have any questions!
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#solarpower #photovoltaics #photovoltaicpower #solarenergy #goingsolar #energyfromthesun #sustainablehousing #sustainabledesign #passivesolar #activesolar #greenthinking #savingenergy #solarapp #fronius #inverter #solarsystem #solarinperth #pvenergy #solarpvsystem #solargain #photovoltaics #solarpv #solarbattery #renewableenergy #solarpanelsperth #perthsolar #solarperth #climatechange #climateemergency #climatecrisis #individualsmakingpositiveactionschangingtomorrow.

How’s your energy? . We have solar power - we first installed a 1.5kw system in Sydney seven years ago, and put on a 5kw system when we moved to Perth three years ago. Did you know that Perth is one of the sunniest cities in the world? It’s a no-brainer to get photovoltaics here, if you can. . Getting solar power prompted us to change our energy use patterns. Now we run our dishwasher and washing machine after about 8am, once we are producing enough electricity for our base load plus those appliances. . On sunny days, we might run the dryer for the socks and undies, because it’s basically free to do so. We try to limit our use of power after 2pm (when peak rates kick in) unless we’ve got plenty from the solar. . I’ve got an app on my phone (pic 3) that shows what the inverter is producing (pics 5&6) and we can check the meter box to see if we are using solar power (the red flashing light is off) or importing from the grid (the light flashes faster the more we import) (pic 4) . When we got our Sydney system, it cost $5k. So did the Perth system, which produces 3x as much power - that’s how much prices are dropping as takeup rises. . I’m told the sweet spot for battery installation will arrive in about 1-2 years, so we’ll investigate that too, to see if we can bring our bills (currently about $700/year) down to zero. . Have you considered getting solar power at home? Sing out if you have any questions! . . . #solarpower #photovoltaics #photovoltaicpower #solarenergy #goingsolar #energyfromthesun #sustainablehousing #sustainabledesign #passivesolar #activesolar #greenthinking #savingenergy #solarapp #fronius #inverter #solarsystem #solarinperth #pvenergy #solarpvsystem #solargain #photovoltaics #solarpv #solarbattery #renewableenergy #solarpanelsperth #perthsolar #solarperth #climatechange #climateemergency #climatecrisis #individualsmakingpositiveactionschangingtomorrow ...

We're loving this weather and I'm sure 150mm of insulation throughout will be fab in the winter but I think we underestimated the effect of solar gain with big windows 😳😂 and how well we retain the heat! The MVHR is making little difference so we've resorted to plug in tower fans in some rooms but 26 degrees in our bedroom at 6am isn't great! I can't open the window as the birds wake me at 4am 🙄 but it doesn't make much difference anyway. Is anyone else having this problem? Installing air con seems a bit drastic 🤷‍♀️ #newbuild #selfbuild #solargain #hothothot #insulation #airconditioning #mvhr #toohottosleep #helpneeded #bigwindows #roomstat.

We're loving this weather and I'm sure 150mm of insulation throughout will be fab in the winter but I think we underestimated the effect of solar gain with big windows 😳😂 and how well we retain the heat! The MVHR is making little difference so we've resorted to plug in tower fans in some rooms but 26 degrees in our bedroom at 6am isn't great! I can't open the window as the birds wake me at 4am 🙄 but it doesn't make much difference anyway. Is anyone else having this problem? Installing air con seems a bit drastic 🤷‍♀️ #newbuild #selfbuild #solargain #hothothot #insulation #airconditioning #mvhr #toohottosleep #helpneeded #bigwindows #roomstat ...

my workshop in our front porch. lovely on sunny days in winter, but far too hot in summer, when i head out the back for some shade. #workshop #smallbutperfect #solargain #paroir #workbennch #treadlelathe #shavehorse #greenwoodworking #womenscraft.

my workshop in our front porch. lovely on sunny days in winter, but far too hot in summer, when i head out the back for some shade. #workshop #smallbutperfect #solargain #paroir #workbennch #treadlelathe #shavehorse #greenwoodworking #womenscraft ...

I'm sitting on my couch in my house enjoying the sunshine while also in my first meeting working from home. #MovingDay .
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#solargain #sunshine #warmandsunny #amazingviews #polishedconcretefloor #toys #letsseehowlongitstaystidyfor #peaceful.

I'm sitting on my couch in my house enjoying the sunshine while also in my first meeting working from home. #MovingDay . . #solargain #sunshine #warmandsunny #amazingviews #polishedconcretefloor #toys #letsseehowlongitstaystidyfor #peaceful ...

The British Museum uses active louvres and kiln formed glass to minimise G values (solar gain) #BritishMuseum #solargain #sustainability #activelouvres #kilnglass.

The British Museum uses active louvres and kiln formed glass to minimise G values (solar gain) #BritishMuseum #solargain #sustainability #activelouvres #kilnglass ...

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We’re fitting replacement triple glazed windows this week and next. It’s still astounding how many windows aren’t seal up at alll..

We’re fitting replacement triple glazed windows this week and next. It’s still astounding how many windows aren’t seal up at alll. ...

It's true...good things come in three! These LG Chem RESU10 batteries are capable of storing nearly 30kWh collectively or 9.8kWh each. 
#LGChem #batteryready #pvsolar #solarbattery #solargain #cleanenergy #battery #renewableenergy #renewables.

It's true...good things come in three! These LG Chem RESU10 batteries are capable of storing nearly 30kWh collectively or 9.8kWh each. #LGChem #batteryready #pvsolar #solarbattery #solargain #cleanenergy #battery #renewableenergy #renewables ...

The Bunkhouse update 🏡

Wrapping the building up ready for the internal and external finishes. 
All tapes and membranes supplied by Passiframe. To find out more visit our website (link in bio) •
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#passiframe #inspiringefficiency #passivhaus #passivehouse #timberframe #timberframeconstruction #timberframebuild #sustainable #sustainablebuilding #sustainability #buildingforthefuture #windtight #airtight #airtightness #lowenergy #solargain #highperformance #tripleglaze #tripleglazedwindows #passivehouseconsultancy #passivehouseconsultant.

The Bunkhouse update 🏡 Wrapping the building up ready for the internal and external finishes. All tapes and membranes supplied by Passiframe. To find out more visit our website (link in bio) • • • #passiframe #inspiringefficiency #passivhaus #passivehouse #timberframe #timberframeconstruction #timberframebuild #sustainable #sustainablebuilding #sustainability #buildingforthefuture #windtight #airtight #airtightness #lowenergy #solargain #highperformance #tripleglaze #tripleglazedwindows #passivehouseconsultancy #passivehouseconsultant ...

We loved meeting some new and old faces at the Perth Hills Festival in Karragullen over the weekend! Thank you to everyone who stopped by to say hello. 
#eventday #perthhills #solarpv #perthhillsfestival #karragullen #solarcommunity #solargain.

We loved meeting some new and old faces at the Perth Hills Festival in Karragullen over the weekend! Thank you to everyone who stopped by to say hello. #eventday #perthhills #solarpv #perthhillsfestival #karragullen #solarcommunity #solargain ...

Through consideration of elements such as form, layout and materiality, this innovative dwelling is highly energy efficient and allows for maximum solar gain. #architecture#design#innovative#contemporaryarchitecture#contemporarydesign#newbuild#solargain#building#construction.

Through consideration of elements such as form, layout and materiality, this innovative dwelling is highly energy efficient and allows for maximum solar gain. #architecture #design #innovative #contemporaryarchitecture #contemporarydesign #newbuild #solargain #building #construction ...