That's pretty good. It took us about 8 years. Didn't worry us too much as
the Chief Building Inspector at the time didn't have one after 9 years.
The local Building Act does not require a Final (a.k.a. occupancy permit)
for a single private dwelling to be lawfully occupied, only that a permit
exists. Also, a permit cannot be lapsed if the dwelling has substantial
commencement. Bit of a bane to regulators :-) but imho very wise.
Very odd phenomenon, this 'stink pipe through the roof' shibboleth.
Occurs in a lot of places.
My (long) association with buildings has led me to avoid breaching roof
planes in any climate zone unless it is unavoidable.
I should be a performance-based criterion.
The Codes should provide for performance-based solutions as an
alternative to prescription or 'deemed-to-satisfy'. My (again long)
association with prescription is that it invariably ends up producing a
dumb result in one area or another. No one is capable of playing God
(even if they think otherwise). Prescription blocks innovation and makes
codes difficult to adapt to change. They can always add a requirement for
"peer review" or similar if they get nervous ...
Amish building practices ... I encountered something similar with
households of Melanesian and Polynesian descent who have a problem with
certain domestic functions all being grouped under one roof. The solution
was to point out that nowhere in the building codes was there a
requirement for "one dwelling - one contiguous roof".
Townsville North Queensland Oz - about 19 deg south 146 east
Could be a concern I guess, although I'm not sure how.
Once had -21 Celcius in the old place in Wales. No sign of anything
filling with ice except the toilet pan, but then it wouldn't stay that
low for long. I recall ours was the only house around that didn't have
burst pipes. I'd lashed it up with black plastic for the cold system and
butylene for the hot. It swelled but didn't split. The copper stuff was
bursting all over the place.
We had a caravan and a chemical loo in a shed recycled from the dump.
Dunno how we got away with it. Maybe no neighbours at the time to dob us
in, except people in the same situation :-)
Yes it is - mostly. Currently wet season, hot, humid, thunderstorms, but
no cyclones or monsoon troughs yet.
We can pretty much rely on around 650 watts / m2 coming down most days.
Up to now the take-up on solar has been very low because reticulated
power was cheap, but that's about to change
Wow - makes my bones ache just thinking about it. If it drops below 16C
here I start dreaming about frosty mist-covered hillsides....
A cold winter morning here is like 6C at 5am, so you go looking for a
warm jacket, or debate whether the electric heater in the cupboard will
set the place on fire....
We are currently paying 16 cents ($A) per kwh on the basic tariff.
Not cheap after all. The problem here in NQ is there is no local base-
load power station yet. Base load is dependent on plants 1500km or more
south of here, and the losses in the grid amount to about 30%.
So local solar isn't going to make much difference compared to that.
The CO2 targets are regarded as reasonable by some and inadequate by
Australia gets hammered a bit because it is a major exporter of coal, and
because the per capita energy consumption is relatively high. However,
Australia produces around 30% of the world's aluminium. Don't know how
much is consumed locally, but with only 20m people it isn't going to be
much of the 30%.
If you take the three aluminium smelting plants out of the equation the
per capita consumption rate drops dramatically.
Morons indeed. Everything not compulsory is forbidden.
Shuttered windows would reduce the heat loss through the glass, wind
Our codes have a list of items that are excluded from assessment, and
includes shutters, attached window hoods and sun screens below a certain
size, attached satellite dishes 600mm dia or less, stuff like that. And
this is an area where cyclonic winds occur.
There was a powerful blow, Cyclone Larry, just north of here in 2006.
James Cook University Cyclone Testing Station did a postmortem on it:
First things that got ripped off were gutters and roller doors, which are
assessable. Doesn't seem to mention any of the exempt items above.
Hey Ken. What's the big deal about piercing a vapor barrier? There
are effective ways to seal such a penetration.
I saw the "bit of a cold snap" post. I guess you're wearing more in
the way of vestments than you'd prefer!
Pretty damn quiet around here...
Use a Studor : http://www.studor.com/index2.htm
Or, run the pipe up the inside of the interior wall and before it gets
to the top plate install an elbow and run it out the sidewall, then
install another elbow, and then up through the overhang.
Your exterior penetration will be at a a wall juntion and easily
Tell the inspector to go pound sand.
Or pine needles, leaves or insects and creatures, etc.
Besides, they just look hideous and of all the things one can have,
why in the world would anyone want to have a stink pipe right out
there in broad daylight.
There's any number of reasons to NOT penetrate the roof envelope and
no reason TO penetrate it except thug rule.
Our house, with 3 bathrooms and 1 kitchen and 1 laundry room does not
have even 1 roof pentration, and thats the way it should be.
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