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Chatham-Road-Residence

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With over a decade of industry experience, Sid Thoo is an award-winning architect, educator and consultant who can help you design a quality, eco-effective home that is more sustainable and won’t cost a fortune.

WHO AM I?

I help all kinds of people design and build homes and buildings that are environmentally, socially and economically more sustainable. Sustainability is a word that gets used (and abused) more often than not, so I tend to describe the work I do as eco-effective. I also try to adopt an integral approach towards sustainable design.

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Selected projects

Five principles for an eco-effective home

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KEY PASSIVE DESIGN PRINCIPLE
1

Understand the
climate and get the
orientation right

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KEY PASSIVE DESIGN PRINCIPLE
2

Choose appropriate
building materials

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KEY PASSIVE DESIGN PRINCIPLE
3

Select the best windows
for summer and winter

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KEY PASSIVE DESIGN PRINCIPLE
4

Shade the
building properly
throughout the year

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KEY PASSIVE DESIGN PRINCIPLE
5

Encourage
air movement
when it's hot

Some interesting articles I’ve written

Changes to hourly rates

I’ve been running my own practice since 2013, and for the past six years my hourly rates haven’t changed; we’ve worked really hard to keep our overheads low and ensure we are providing great value for money with our service.

Beyond the Stars – Energy ratings as a design tool

There’s much more to be gained from an energy rating tool than the number of Stars. Sid Thoo and Alex Raynes-Goldie demonstrate how an energy rating tool can help tweak the building’s orientation, materials, shading and more.

Confessions of a NatHERS assessor

In addition to being an architect and consultant that specialises in eco-effective building design, I am also a NatHERS accredited assessor. NatHERS refers to the Nationwide House Energy Rating Scheme, which is used throughout Australia to rate the thermal performance of residential buildings.