I did a class run by The
Watershed on Monday night, Eco Choices for Home Renovators. This
is my second class from this organization, the first being a worm
They're funded by the City of Sydney and Marrickville councils to
promote sustainability in the area and their courses are excellent,
The class covered many of the basics which I know well, about
passive solar design, materials choices, embedded energy, energy
efficiency, volatile organic compounds and the like, but was a good
recap. What's more, there were great case studies and samples of
materials that can be used.
We're renovating our bathroom and installing built-in wardrobes
next week, with my uncle staying with us to do the work, so I'll be
putting some of these ideas into action there.
Where I'll really use it, though, is in the design of the
shed/office building we're planning for the back garden. I'm planning
to integrate passive solar principles, as well as enormous amounts of
insulation, into the design to get away with absolutely minimal
heating and cooling. To that end, I've starting drawing it in
SketchUp, which is an amazingly easy-to-use 3D modelling tool from
Google. It's just a shame it doesn't run under Linux, which means I
have to do it at work. Above you'll see my first crack at it, which
isn't very accurate as I'm still learning the tool.
I've already changed my mind about some of the features of the
design you see here, and I'll be working on it a lot over the next few
months. Will show you future drawings here.
For context, it's going along the back of this garden.