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You want to heat your house without buying from ActewAGL? Wood fired heating banned in Molonglo development

By johnboy - 9 July 2012 51

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Simon Corbell has announced there will be no wood fired heating in the new Suburbs of Molonglo (Wright excepted) on air quality grounds:

“While the 2011 Air Quality Report highlights the excellent air quality in Canberra, annual monitoring has identified that smoke from domestic wood heaters is the most significant source of air pollution in Canberra,” Mr Corbell said.

“This year?s report shows four breaches of the reporting standard, which occurred in the months of May and July 2011, during the colder months because of wood heater emissions.

“The ACT Government monitors air quality in order to ensure that the health and wellbeing of Canberrans is maintained and the results of the air monitoring are published each year via an annual report.

“Following a planning study of the air quality impacts associated with the development of the Molonglo Valley, wood heaters will be prohibited in this area, excluding the suburb of Wright. Similar restrictions are already successfully operating in Dunlop and East O?Malley.”

Greens are happy, ActewAGL is happy, who cares about anything else?

[Pictured is the blazing fire at The Wolf’s Lair, which since we switched from “teepee” lighting to “log cabin” style produces almost no smoke at all]

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You want to heat your house without buying from ActewAGL? Wood fired heating banned in Molonglo development
milkman 8:30 am 10 Jul 12

Comic_and_Gamer_Nerd said :

It’s only the lack wits burning dodgy wood that need policing.

Exactly. Get your fire going quickly, feed it seasoned hardwood and once it’s really hot turn the air right down.

Those three big logs I put on at 8.15pm last night were still a bright bed of coals this morning.

pirate_taco 8:19 am 10 Jul 12

4 days of exceeding air pollution is enough to warrant banning of the only ecologically sustainable/renewable form of heating currently available?
Instead of policing those who burn unseasoned/unsuitable wood, we have to ruin it for everyone?
I don’t approve of this move.

Deref 8:11 am 10 Jul 12

wildturkeycanoe said :

Aaah, wood heating. I’ve been thinking about putting it into my house. We had natural gas, it FAILED. Have 2 split systems running 24/7 at the moment and we just cope on the coldest nights under warm blankets. Never, ever, ever [ and I mean ever ] going back to in slab heating due to the cost. Are there any real alternatives to wood that can actually heat a house properly in these conditions??
BTW, we are in a 3 year old 5 star energy rated house. Does that mean you have to be cold in winter in order to save the planet??

Our inverter keeps us toasty warm all through winter and it’s cheap to run.

Comic_and_Gamer_Nerd 6:52 am 10 Jul 12

Walker said :

I want to be able to have a fire place. I love all that went with it plus the zen execise of chopping wood.

But if I’m going to be zen I’m going to have to consider my neighbours. Fact is smoke is not only a health hazard its’ a bother. If you can’t open a window, what else is there?

We COULD police everyone’s fuel. Or ban it. Well Canberra, burn it right or lose it altogether.

Either that or open a window while I fumigate your lounge and clothes line, and make the point.

Sure I’d like everyone to do the right thing. Maybe it’s like the fireworks. If people are going to be jerks about it, we’re all going to have to surrender it. That’s too bad.

But at the least, do we have a right to fresh air? I can’t air my house out until I get home, and when I get home, everone’s fumigating Watson.

The greater good comes into it at some point.

I think maybe a targeted thing. Go for the problem “smokers” first.

It’s only the lack wits burning dodgy wood that need policing.

Mr Gillespie 6:35 am 10 Jul 12

Diggety said :

Ahh, Canberra. It truly is the Nanny state capital.

Here here!

deye 1:04 am 10 Jul 12

wildturkeycanoe said :

Aaah, wood heating. I’ve been thinking about putting it into my house. We had natural gas, it FAILED. Have 2 split systems running 24/7 at the moment and we just cope on the coldest nights under warm blankets. Never, ever, ever [ and I mean ever ] going back to in slab heating due to the cost. Are there any real alternatives to wood that can actually heat a house properly in these conditions??
BTW, we are in a 3 year old 5 star energy rated house. Does that mean you have to be cold in winter in order to save the planet??

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ground-coupled_heat_exchanger

Hosinator 11:30 pm 09 Jul 12

wildturkeycanoe said :

Aaah, wood heating. I’ve been thinking about putting it into my house. We had natural gas, it FAILED. Have 2 split systems running 24/7 at the moment and we just cope on the coldest nights under warm blankets. Never, ever, ever [ and I mean ever ] going back to in slab heating due to the cost. Are there any real alternatives to wood that can actually heat a house properly in these conditions??
BTW, we are in a 3 year old 5 star energy rated house. Does that mean you have to be cold in winter in order to save the planet??

The energy rating system in the ACT is flawed and was developed to satisfy the politicians need to appear green to their constituents.
The temperature fluctuations in Canberra range from 40 degrees in summer to minus 8 in winter, this calls for homes built to exacting standards, which they are currently not.
Taking into account the temperature fluctuations, homes should be built using similar materials and philosophy like they do in Germany, Poland and the Czech Republic. Insulated bricks, double thick wall insulation and double/triple glazed windows. I observed homes over there with walls between 50 and 80cm thickness. The houses are built to be air tight, aimed at trapping any heat that is generated internally and to keep the cold out. They utilise hydronic wall heating, which is considered to be extremely efficient and maintains a consistent temperature in the house.
In summer where temperatures can exceed 30 to 35 degrees for days on end, the homes stay cool. Heating in winter is the biggest cost impact on any home and it makes sense to try and reduce the need to heat as much as possible.
The current Australian building standards are abysmal and no government would stomach the inevitable increase in building costs, if they were to mandate adequate building standards to meet our environmental conditions.
Not exactly on topic, but I had a builder in Melbourne tell me that his clients are now asking for their garages to be air-conditioned. It’s so his clients can stay cool for the 10 seconds they spend walking between their car and the internal entry to the house.

Thumper 10:31 pm 09 Jul 12

Oh dear…

Next they will come for your BBQs…

FFS…

Jethro 10:26 pm 09 Jul 12

If the standard of the newer suburbs in Canberra are anything to go by, Molonglo is going to be an overpriced dump anyway.

Walker 9:49 pm 09 Jul 12

I want to be able to have a fire place. I love all that went with it plus the zen execise of chopping wood.

But if I’m going to be zen I’m going to have to consider my neighbours. Fact is smoke is not only a health hazard its’ a bother. If you can’t open a window, what else is there?

We COULD police everyone’s fuel. Or ban it. Well Canberra, burn it right or lose it altogether.

Either that or open a window while I fumigate your lounge and clothes line, and make the point.

Sure I’d like everyone to do the right thing. Maybe it’s like the fireworks. If people are going to be jerks about it, we’re all going to have to surrender it. That’s too bad.

But at the least, do we have a right to fresh air? I can’t air my house out until I get home, and when I get home, everone’s fumigating Watson.

The greater good comes into it at some point.

I think maybe a targeted thing. Go for the problem “smokers” first.

caf 9:39 pm 09 Jul 12

Although a fan of the fireplace myself, I do know that those prone to asthma tend to hate them on those nights when an inversion layer traps the smoke.

It seems fair enough, since the limit was put in place before anyone’s moved in to the new suburbs.

wildturkeycanoe 9:21 pm 09 Jul 12

Aaah, wood heating. I’ve been thinking about putting it into my house. We had natural gas, it FAILED. Have 2 split systems running 24/7 at the moment and we just cope on the coldest nights under warm blankets. Never, ever, ever [ and I mean ever ] going back to in slab heating due to the cost. Are there any real alternatives to wood that can actually heat a house properly in these conditions??
BTW, we are in a 3 year old 5 star energy rated house. Does that mean you have to be cold in winter in order to save the planet??

Diggety 8:32 pm 09 Jul 12

Ahh, Canberra. It truly is the Nanny state capital.

milkman 8:27 pm 09 Jul 12

I love my modern fireplace. Just got back from putting 3 great big logs on to burn all night.

gooterz 7:38 pm 09 Jul 12

I thought this was also the same as the reason to limit light pollution, the observatory?

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