Archive for the ‘Electrical’ Category

Clean and clear – Diamond Energy

Posted on: October 28th, 2015 by Barley Store

Here is a bit of information on Diamond Energy, our energy retailers that are up to a whole heap of good.

Diamond Energy

Diamond Energy

Diamond Energy started in 2004 with a small, passionate team and a vision to “generate change”. Their first step was to develop their own Greenpower Accredited renewable generators which continue to operate in Northern Victoria.

One Step Off The Grid

Posted on: October 14th, 2015 by Barley Store

Ralph recently had an interview with Giles Parkinson, from One Step Off The Grid, about the 5×4 Hayes Lane Project and his zero carbon lifestyle.
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Our Appliances

Posted on: June 9th, 2015 by Barley Store

All the appliances are now installed and ready for action. It is quite a slick line up, every appliance fitting into the contemporary design of the compact ecosystem. Here’s the list:

Electrical Wiring

Posted on: April 15th, 2015 by Barley Store

Over the past few weeks there has been focus on the electrical side of things, with wiring being installed on all four floors by The Torus Group.
This electrical stage has been more complicated at FivebyFour than the average build because a number of extra products are being installed, including an energy monitor, DAS Home Security and Yingli Solar Panels.
It’s a slow and difficult process. Not only dealing with large amounts of tangled wiring but also working with the delicate membrane of the wall systems in an effort not to effect the airtight factor of the building.

Electrical wires

LED light factory

Posted on: March 12th, 2015 by Barley Store

An enlightening visit to the Coolon LED factory left us seeing stars this afternoon.
With their impressive light display and their (relatively) low power bill, these lights are going to be perfect for the 5×4 building.
Pretty much no heat, compact designs, and bright futuristic designs – these lights will feel right at home!


Solar Panels Installed

Posted on: December 19th, 2014 by Barley Store

The first round of Solar Panels have gone up on the 5×4 Building.

Whilst this is an exciting first step to our sustainable energy production, there is still a long way to go before our solar system is fully up and running.
The roof holds 9 of our proposed 15 solar panels, with the remaining 6 to be installed on the north side of the building in the near future.

Solar system installed on test site

Posted on: November 18th, 2014 by Barley Store

Torus Group installed the solar panels on the test site today, in an effort to offset the emissions of the build. This meant our test site would be generating enough power to effectively make the build carbon neutral, fitting in with our project mantra.


The solar panels on the roof of the test site send the solar-generated electricity back into the grid, which means that when we come to power electronic equipment and tools – and draw power from the grid – our kilowatt usage will be neutralised. It seems like a rather roundabout method, but batteries for storing solar powered electricity are yet to be made for private systems at a reasonable price, which means that operating through the grid is still the most practical way for urban dwellers to run their solar power.

100% Greenpower used during the build

Posted on: August 8th, 2014 by Barley Store

The electricity used in the build of 5×4 will be supplied by Diamond Energy and will be 100% GreenPower, sourced from GreenPower-accredited biogas generation plants at Shepparton and Tatura.
By purchasing GreenPower, households and businesses commit their electricity providers to purchasing the equivalent amount of electricity from accredited renewable energy generators, helping build renewable energy infrastructure and sources.

Please help us tip the scales in favour of renewable energy!
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Diamond Energy

Diamond Energy





Preparing the sites for services

Posted on: August 4th, 2014 by Barley Store

Over the course of ten or so days, companies MAXA Plumbing, Telstra and Power Cor laid the pipes for the installation of the services. This includes electricity, water, sewage, phone, data and television.