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Green Smart Magazine : GreenSmart 2010
40 greensmart 2010 which was Solahart's most efficient system at the time. The 1.2kW grid-connected photovoltaic system and T5 fluorescent lighting add to the energy savings. Over 12 months, the three-bedroom house was monitored and measured using data logger temperature monitors, while the University of Newcastle also undertook its own research to look at the performance levels of the house. 'We wanted to be able to back up our claims. Our eight-star house means that it is 60 per cent better off than the minimum standard house, but we wanted to get as much industry testing done as possible to prove it,' Jason explains. With the testing now concluded, the results led to more than 4500 inquiries about the estate in a 12-month period, where the public could see a house that doesn't cost much more or look vastly different -- it just performs differently. Now, Jason and Daniel are working on improving the Jade 808. 'Watch out for future developments,' Jason grins. gs ALL MATERIALS SELECTED ARE FROM RENEWABLE SOURCES WHERE POSSIBLE, BASED ON THEIR ENVIRONMENTAL IMPACT, THERMAL QUALITIES AND AFFORDABILITY smart bits Products used to enhance this project include: > Solahart 302Kf Free Heat solar hot water system > Kaneka Thin-Film PV cells > rockwool insulation > greywater system > Enviro-seal door systems > Austral Clay bricks and pavers > Midland Maxi bricks > Cervantes bricks > Bristile clay roof tiles > Caroma towel rail holders > Gainsborough door hardware > Omega kitchen appliances > Colorbond gutters. smarthomes