Welcome to the Outlier Podcast, the podcast for everyone who is interested in building better homes. Host Sandra is chatting with Anthony, the founder and lead designer at Outlier Studio, who is passionate about creating beautiful and high-performing homes. Together, they sit down once a month to chat with industry experts and to answer any and all questions about high performance homes. We want to educate Australians about the possibilities of energy efficient design and change the way we build houses today. We hope you join us on that journey.
PHPP vs NatHERS: Assessing the performance of your home
Get ready for a massive deep talk into the ins and outs of how the people behind the scenes calculate the performance of a home. We sat down with Emilia Iacovino from Detail Green, who is not only a thermal assessor, but also a PHPP pro and an engineer with a passion for sustainability. We spoke about the differences in assessing a house under the national energy rating scheme, and using the passive house planning package, as well as her insights on how these systems can – and should be – improved. Spoiler alert – she is also currently getting her accreditation to become a passive house certifier, so I am sure this is not the last you will have heard from her on our podcast.
Builder's advice: How to keep your house warm and your bills low
There is no denying that it gets progressively colder outside – and unfortunately for many homeowners, inside as well. With dropping temperatures, the need to improve a home’s thermal performance and insulation is becoming bigger and bigger. Which is why we decided to bring our trusted builder David from Ecowise Homes back on the pod and grill him about what options there are to winter-proof a home – with small budgets and little knowledge in mind. I am sure there are more than a few valuable tips in this episode that you can use to get through winter in a more comfortable and affordable way. One more note, as Anthony has both design as well as building knowledge, it simply made sense to have him take the lead with the questions in this episode.
You can find all show notes and a transcript of the episode on our podcast page: https://outlierstudio.com.au/episode-07/
How to test the performance of your home
We have met Anthony Stagg a few months ago when we picked up our very own Retrotec blower door test kit. Anthony is the director of 2 businesses: Fire Protection Technologies and Energy Conservation Technologies, a company that sells blower doors and provides training to perform residential blower door tests. We are so happy he took the time out of his busy schedule to sit down and have a chat with us about what a blower door test really is and how it can be useful for not only newly built homes, but also existing houses. He even shared some of his own experiences with his current renovation and how he utilised a blower door test to help identify the major weak points in his home. Now, for anyone looking to have a blower door test and some thermal images done to their home, please feel free to reach out to us at Outlier studio as we do offer this service. But first, let’s get into this episode with Anthony Stagg from Energy Conservation Technologies.
How to choose the right windows for a home?
Everyone who has talked to me in the last year or two has probably gotten an earful about windows. I am known to be the crazy window gal amongst my friends, and I finally got to properly nerd out with a real life professional. Gary Smith from Ultimate Windows has been in the window industry for most of his career and has seen a lot of change happen over the last couple of years. In our interview, he explained the different materials of windows, of course the variations of glazing, and he also talked about important performance indicators that you should look out for when getting windows for your home. He even shared some valuable insights about how to find the right manufacturer and the first steps you should take when determining what windows you really need for your house.
Is solar energy really worth it?
This is a good one! In the first episode of 2022, we sat down with Ben O'Brien from SolarPro Bendigo to talk about solar energy. Ben is a sustainable systems engineer and very passionate about solar energy, especially for residential homes. He explained to us how solar panels work, how much they cost to install, and what current government loans are available for homeowners. On top of that, he had to answer a couple of very spicy questions to help our listeners determine once and for all: Is solar energy really worth it?
Renovate vs rebuild and some MAJOR announcements for 2022
In the last episode of 2021, we discuss the environmental pros and cons for renovating vs rebuilding a home. Then we go into a little reflection of what the year has been like for us, and we make some very exciting announcements to look out for in 2022. Happy Holidays and happy new year!