Posts on Feb 2018

SOLAR: Integrated Solar Panels with Nulok Roofing

SOLAR: Integrated Solar Panels with Nulok Roofing. 

Just imagine you took the chance to put your energy future into your own hands.

Every prospective client we talk to at MWa is keen to update the thermal comfort of their home.  Every prospective client we have talked to in the past year is also keen to know more about the advantages of renewable energy systems with the aim to reduce power consumption at the same time, and in particular, solar photovoltaics or solar panels.

With good reason. Sufficient sunlight falls on Sydney (on the average of annual 5.1 kilowatt peak) to provide enough energy for our needs. Solar panels are therefore a great way to protect the environment while reducing electricity costs.

As a qualified SustainAbility Design Specialist [SDS] we couldn’t be happier to see the first integrated solar panels built into our recent project in Fairlight.

Yes, we have done some research and No, Tesla tiles are not available yet – although everyone is asking about them.

However, hats off to our clients for this project, who have been forward thinking enough to “future proof their home” with a NULOK 5 kW PV system with 100 integrated solar panels, nicely disguised with a seamless integration into their new upper floor roof.

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The Nulok solar roofing inserts convert light directly into electricity, without generating any waste or harmful greenhouse gases, saving approximately 450kg of carbon dioxide emissions per year for each kW (Kilowatt) peak installed.

Nulok is the only roofing system with Nulok Solar Inserts that integrate alongside the tiles making the installation invisible from the ground. This unique system ensures that the roofline remains clean unlike many other solar panels that are attached to the actual roof ’s surface. The Nu-Lok system also uses less tiles per square metre which means less weight.

While renovating, the cabling for future battery connection has been included, and we have considered provision for the charging of an electric car in the garage.

Find out more about Nu-lok Solar Inserts.

Find out more about the financial benefits.

Find out more: contact MWa on 0421 088 110.

Exempt and Complying Development eModule launched: MWa and NSW Dept of Planning

Exempt and Complying Development eModule launched: MWa and NSW Dept of Planning

In December 2017, the NSW Dept of Planning launched a new eModule, an online education program to provide useful information on EXEMPT  Development (no planning or building approval) and COMPLYING Development (a fast track approval), suitable for new homes and residential alterations and additions throughout NSW.

Since the re-launch of codes as The Simplified Housing Code in July 2017, MWa have become the “face” of the Department’s promotions, with all the imagery used throughout the module being Michelle’s own home (and family) – a renovation undertaken as a Complying Development in a bush fire area.

MWa have successfully navigated the approvals for new homes and residential alteration and additions using both EXEMPT and COMPLYING development, since the Codes were introduced in 2008.

Examples include:

  • significant internal and external alterations in Mosman.  YES, Mosman.  It remains one of a very few areas throughout NSW to still be exempt from Part 3 of the General Housing Code.  However, Part 4 Housing Alterations Code can still apply to sites in Mosman.  Hence we have undertaken four renovations in Mosman using these codes.
  • new two storey home with five bedrooms and a pool
  • upper floor addition in bush fire prone land
  • new outdoor living pavilion
  • interior and exterior renovations to the rear of a dwelling in a heritage conservation area.

The benefits of using NSW Exempt and Complying Development legislation are savings in time and money.

For our clients, on the north shore and northern beaches of Sydney, the savings can be around $25,000 and at last six months in time.

Contact MWa if you are contemplating a new build or renovation, and need a feasibility assessment of your site and home in relation to NSW Exempt and Complying Development Codes.

You may be surprised.

Mobile 0421 088 110.

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