AUCKLAND SOLAR ENERGY HOUSE

Modern 609m2 house with 4.5kW photovoltaics, solar hot water, wetback powering energy efficient appliances. Come and see!

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Inside The Attic At The Solar Powered House Is Stuffed With Fluffy Insulation, Wires & A Massive Hot Water Cylinder!

Inside The Roof Space Of The Solar Energy House At 19 Manapau Street, Meadowbank, Auckland, New Zealand...

A Lot Of Pipes Going Off Everywhere ThroughOut The House!

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Yep, that is me, Simon Cope - up in the attic in the Solar Energy House at 19 Manapau Street, Meadowbank, Auckland peering out from amongst a plumber's delight!

 

The hotwater system was expertly designed by David Howell of GasLab Ltd. David has been designing systems like this for more than a couple of decades and although it looks complicated, he is a firm believer of the motto - KISS (Keep It Simple Stupid) or is it 'Keep It Simple Simon'?

 

The hotwater cylinder is made by Signa Sheetmetal in Onehunga - they are experts at making custom-made cylinders for customers just like me!

 

It has a number of different penetrations in it to accomodate the INPUTS: solar hot water circuit, the wetback circuit, & the boiler circuit...

 

and the OUTPUTS (draw-off): hot water for shower, taps etc, the radiator circuit, the underfloor circuit, & the heated towel rail circuit...

 

To appreciate this you have to come and have a look. To have an energy efficient heating system designed for your household's needs, you need to talk to David Howell...

 

 

What Are Those Cables Behind Your Head Simon?

I thought you might ask that question!

 

There is actually 4 groups of cables/wires...

 

The blue wires are CAT5E. These are commonly used in the computer industry to carry any manner of communication signal. We use them for the computers throughout the house which are either standalone PC's (i.e. work computer), or for the eventual connection of appliances to the internet which is starting to occur in Europe...

 

The white wires are BURGLAR alarm cables - every external door and window in our house are wired up so if we are home we can have the alarm activated if necessary, but more useful is when we leave the house we can see exactly which doors, windows have been left open by us or the kids... (and do something about it).

 

The purple wires are STEREO cables. Most rooms in the house have a set of high quality speakers in the ceiling - for the eventual installation of a distributed stereo system...

 

The black wires are VIDEO cables. This enables us to monitor the closed circuit TV in the kids room and rumpus room from any room in the house (just kidding!), but it does enable us to monitor the close circuit TV out by the front door / gate and to distribute movies / broadcast TV to any room in the house...

Nutting something like this is NOT something you do in a couple of hours (well not me anyway!). You need an expert and I thankfully had one to call upon - David Howell. A very humble man who is a genius. Thank you David! If he is not too busy he can consultant on your next project.

Click here to learn more about David Howell.

Solar Energy House C/- Simon & Kristina Cope | 19 Manapau Street, Meadowbank, Auckland 1072  |  New Zealand  |  Contact us now to arrange your tour

OK, before we go and have a look at what we can do with this hot water... let's have a look at insulating the walls etc cause it is absolutely pointless having all this wonderful hot water to heat the house up with and then have insufficient insulation in the walls, ceiling, floors so it all leaks away...  click here now.