In Series 2 of Josh’s House, Josh and his family are settled, his garden looks a treat and now it’s time to take a closer look at just how the house is performing.
1 – Josh Bares All
In episode 13 Josh reveals what really gets him off as he shares the stats and facts collected after his families first year living in a high performance home.
2 – Productive and Playful Garden
This episode is all about the outdoors as we look through this award winning landscape, chat to the CEO of Nature Play WA about the nature play spaces, look at all the benefits of food production at home and see some of the action from the Open Gardens Australia event from May 2014.
3 – Looking Ahead
Now that Josh’s House has been established and the home is gathering crucial data, Josh is able to lift his sights beyond that of just his own high performance housing project. In this episode he reflects on what has been achieved so far, culminating in a visit to Aubin Grove Primary School where the year 6 students have designed and built their own sustainable homes based on the Josh’s House series and website information. The understanding and detail of design by these young budding architects is really impressive and it proves to be a timely visit as Josh is about to embark on a new journey of research and inspiration. Watch the episode to find out more about the next exciting initiative he has in store.
4 – Battery Storage
More than two years since moving in, and after more than twelve months of research and planning, Josh’s House is having its solar battery storage system installed. What does this mean for the future of our residential energy needs? Josh invites WA State Treasurer and Minister for Energy Hon. Mike Nahan for a house tour and to take a look at the system to find out what he thinks. Also joining Josh are his research colleagues Professor Peter Newman and Research Fellow Jemma Green from the Curtin University Sustainability Policy Institute.
5 – Battery Storage – Interview Jemma Green
In this video extra Jemma Green, Researcher Fellow at the Curtin University Sustainability Policy Institute, discusses the solar power storage system installed at Josh’s House and the future of solar power storage.
6 – Battery Storage – Interview Peter Newman
Professor Peter Newman from the Curtin University Sustainability Policy Institute discusses power generation and storage, why Western Australia is leading the way in alternate power systems and his expectations for the the future of power.
7 – Solar Electric Vehicle
In 2018 a major upgrade of the solar system was undertaken, along with the replacement of the original gas boosted solar hot water system with an electric heat pump, and the gas stove with an induction cooktop. A new 6.4kW solar array and 5kW hybrid inverter was installed to cover the additional load of these new appliances as well as an electric vehicle (EV). The battery was also replaced with a new, more efficient model.