Should that read 60cm hhf ?
HHF, why don't you have the glass replaced with this 'heat reflective glass' you can get. Not sure how costly it is but don't think it's too bad, certainly not relative to your little castlehhfarang wrote:I think the reason the house collects so much heat is that it faces west and from early afternoon until sunset the hot, hot, hot, sun is shining on the entire front surface which includes 7 double windows, a 2 meter square picture window (stick a bloody picture in it then ), plus 1 single door that is half glass and 2 double doors with glass inserts and sidelights. I would never have that much glass facing that direction here again
hhfarang wrote:I think the reason the house collects so much heat is that it faces west and from early afternoon until sunset the hot, hot, hot, sun is shining on the entire front surface which includes 7 double windows, a 2 meter square picture window, plus 1 single door that is half glass and 2 double doors with glass inserts and sidelights. I would never have that much glass facing that direction here again but you have to learn the hard way when you have a developer that is not helpful with that sort of information.
johnnyk wrote:If there is room put a couple of big fan palms.
if you have downlights in the ceiling, you should be *very* careful about laying insulation directly on top of the ceiling boards.
The lights/transformers (depending whether your bulbs are 240/12 volts) get very hot as it is, and the insulation will prevent the heat escaping and can cause a fire.
Nereus wrote:There is an ongoing squabble in Australia concerning "foil" roof insulation.
There have been several fatalities from electrocution because of the foil becoming "live", mostly during installation it appears.
At the moment they seem to be blaming the use of metal staples used to secure the "batts" in place. (Australia tends to use "batts", as against rolls of insulation-- a "batt" is a rectangular shaped piece of insulation designed to fit down in between the rafters, or ceiling joist's).
The aluminium foil WILL most definitely conduct electricity, and could become "live" if touching an active conductor. To be electrocuted your body would have to provide a path to earth (ground), or the neutral conductor. Most Australian houses have exposed copper water pipes which provide an ideal earth conductor, as against Thai houses with the almost exclusive use of PVC pipes, but there are other ways of finding a path to earth, such as the exposed ends of re-bar coming in contact.
Another item that should be considered is light fittings, especially down-lights, that have their control transformer, or ballast, exposed in the ceiling space. Not only from a electrocution point of view, but also, as these components get hot, starting a fire is a very real risk.
http://www.news.com.au/couriermail/stor ... 52,00.html
crazy88 wrote: .....Regarding the developments we created the demand for western style homes here and the developers built them,some very well,some not so well. Eskimos design igloos where they can keep warm,thais design houses where they can keep cool It is not the norm for westerners to design their own houses and build to order,we just buy the one we like. With a little thought,planning and advice you can acheive a beautiful house where you don't use the aircon almost at all with a nice breeze through the house most of the year.
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