I’m hoping ‘someone out there’ can point this family in the right direction?
“Myself and young family live in Ryde in Sydney suburbia. We are doing renovations to our home. We are considering recycled/cob/mudbrick in our renovation, use of solar water heating and solar electricity, pond with silver perch and addition of small chicken run etc. Also the use of recycled and low embodied energy materials etc.
We want to make informed and affordable choices and are finding in some cases a lack of local expertise and inconsistent views. For example it seems mudbricks are $2.90 a pop from Nowra which is 6 times more expensive than a normal brick and only 60% more area.
I can not find a local builder who can make mudbricks on site. In any case not sure who to contact regards feasibility of mudbrick or for soil testing for suitablity.
Also it is interesting to find that for solar heating one company is saying the evacuated tubes is more efficient and another says it has less REC’s 28 instead of 30 for flat panel and so is not as effective.
I do not have the time at present to learn everything myself and do all myself so if anyone can point me to local experts I would be very grateful.
Andrew, Fiona, Amelia and Josh”