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Steps for Planning a Solar Home Power System

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Thinking about going solar? There are quite a few people who have made use of solar power systems in Brisbane. If you are planning to use solar power for your home, make sure to check out the following steps.

Check out the energy efficiency of your home

Get to know how much energy is required to power the electricity in your home. This way you could be able to decide on the number of solar panels your home would require. Get to know ways in which your home could be losing energy and then make sure you take measures to reduce that loss of energy. Also if you use electricity for heating and cooling your home, you need to make your homes more energy efficient so that the electricity produced by solar panels can be used properly.

Get to know the solar potential of the place you reside in

Solar panels make use of both direct and indirect sunlight to generate solar power. If there is ample sunlight where you live, solar panels are a great option. There are certain mapping services and tools which can help you assess the potential for producing solar energy within your area. Make sure you consider all of the following when assessing the solar potential of your home

  • The surrounding area if it is shaded by trees, also consider the trees in your neighbor’s homes. You have got to understand that they may throw shade in the at the solar panels system and reduce its efficiency.
  • See whether you need to replace your old roof. If it’s relatively new then you wouldn’t have to.
  • Check whether your neighbourhood has any prohibitions on the use of solar panels.

Get to know your solar energy needs

Make sure you gather the following information to help the contractor get an idea of how much solar power your home would require.

  • Take a look at previous electricity bills. This would help you know the amount of power your home uses on a monthly basis.
  • If you plan on making additional home improvements like extra air conditioners o heaters you would need to mention that as well.

Get a few bids and site assessment from solar panel suppliers

When choosing an installer for solar power systems in Brisbane make sure you choose someone who is qualified and insured to carry out the job. If any friends or family have recently gone solar they would be able to provide you with references.  Also ask the following questions when interviewing different contractors.

  • Get to know the planning permits for solar panel installation and let the solar panel suppliers know about those permits.
  • Do they have references for any other people who have used their services
  • Does the company have a license or re they certified? Solar panels should be installed by professionals. This means that the person installing those panels should have an electrical work license.

For more information on solar panel systems in Brisbane, make sure you contact the professionals.

6 Building Construction Types

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Civil engineers and architects all around the world use different types of building to construct a structure based different requirements of the clients. Six building construction types are-

Base foundations- This is an element of the structure of a building which connects the structure to the ground and plays a role in transferring the weight of the structure to the ground. Foundations laid are either shallow or deep, depending on the land where the structure is built. There are different types of foundation such as the earthfast foundation also called as the post in ground foundation, padstones, stone foundations and rubble trench foundations.

Load Bearing Walls– The load bearing walls act as the active structural element of a building on which the weight of the elements of building is put upon. The weight from the load bearing walls is put on the base foundations of the building. The thickness and height of the load bearing walls is decided based on the height of the building. Without proper estimation and required thickness of the wall, the building might become unstable and collapse. Load bearing walls also help in giving the house a structure and separating one room of the house from the other.

Monolithic Method– This is type of construction where the structure is built from one huge rock or marble. Most of the key components of a house such as the walls, beams, floor slabs, staircases, balconies, and storage lofts these days are built using the monolithic method. The monolithic method has several advantages such as durability, less weight on the load bearing walls or the base foundation, more economical, and can be put as a part of the structure much faster than any other method.

Pre Cast Method– This is a construction product which is produced by casting using a reusable mold or form. This already set structure is the transferred to the construction site and the structure is then attached to the rest of the building. Walls made from pre-cast method are majorly used for interior structures. Pre cast walls are made from compressed concrete or stone.

Steel Framed Structures– This is a type of construction where the skeleton of the building is made from steel structure. The steel structures are made from steel columns and horizontally hoisted beams constructed in rectangular shapes to provide support to the floors of the building. This technique is used for the construction of sky scrapers and other building made from glass.

Concrete Framed Structures– One of the most common type of building structures, concrete framed structures is a type of building whose skeleton is made from concrete. Horizontal elements of the concrete frame are called beams and the vertical elements form the columns. Concrete slabs are used to provide a structure for floors and they act as the primary load bearers of the building.

Building Construction Techniques

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There is a lot of science and experience behind the construction of a building. The process of constructing a building takes several months and has different logics and techniques attached to it. Civil engineers and architects around the world follow some popular techniques. They are-

Scaffolding– Scaffolding or staging is a temporary structure which is used to support the work crew of the building. It is used by the work crew to pass on materials required for the construction work, maintenance and repair of buildings. Scaffolds are used to get access to heights or places that are hard to get to while constructing a building.

Form Work– Formwork is used to pour concrete or similar materials. Formwork is the temporary or permanent molds into which the concrete is poured. The form work molds are also called as the shuttering molds. There are different types of formwork such as traditional timber formwork, engineered formwork system, re-usable plastic formwork, permanent insulated formwork, Stay-in-place structural formwork, flexible formwork, or slab formwork.

Tying of rebar– Also known as reinforcing bar, this is a steel bar or mesh of steel wires which is used as a tension device for reinforced masonry structures or reinforced concrete. Rebar increases the tensile strength of the concrete structure which is otherwise weak. The compression by rebar is what makes the tensile strength of the concrete stronger.

Concreting– this is the technique which involves pouring concrete into a mass to solidify the area. This involves mixing together various ingredients to make a concrete such as water, cement, aggregate and any other additives required. This technique is time sensitive and should be done with utmost care.

Curing– Curing is a process which is used for maintaining the required moisture content and temperature in a freshly cast concrete for a particular period of time. There are different methods for the curing of concrete such as shading of concrete work by preventing the evaporation of water from the concrete surface, covering the concrete surfaces with wet gunny bags or hessian which are periodically wet, sprinkling of water from time to time on the concrete, ponding method in which small ponds using gunny bags or hessian are created on large concrete slabs, membrane curing in which the concrete surface is covered with a water-proof material, and steam curing where the concrete is exposed to a particular temperature of steam to maintain the moisture.

Brick Work– Brickwork is the masonry produced by using bricks to create a bricklayer. This is used to build walls and other structures in buildings such as cupboards. The usual dimension of bricks is common in majority of the places which is 215mm*102.5mm*65mm.