Tue, 30 April 2013
Is it 'Passive House' or 'Passivhaus'? That was one question I put to expat Kiwi, and architect Elrond Burrell. The main question though, is Passivhaus even relevant to New Zealand?
Elrond currently works as an Architect in the Herefordshire branch of Architype: http://www.architype.co.uk/
In this episode, we also cover:
Direct download: 30_Is_Passivhaus_Relevant_to_NZ_Elrond_Burrell.mp3
Category:Sustainable Design -- posted at: 10:29pm NZST
Tue, 23 April 2013
Hot water is the second largest portion of energy use in New Zealand homes, accounting for around 30% of the average energy bill, that's equivalent to $650 per year. So what's the best system for your home?
My general advice:
Direct download: 29_How_to_Heat_Your_Water.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 10:26pm NZST
Thu, 18 April 2013
At the Prefab HIVE event a couple of weekends ago, I caught up with Jamie Harrington from Ekokit. I've had the pleasure of assessing some of Jamie's Hybrid Homes in Nelson, which are not only very high performing, they're also aesthetically stunning.
WIth Ekokit, Jamie's team have applied the same sustainable philosophies to a modular, cost effective set of house plans.
Their features include:
For more information and to contact Jamie, go to http://www.ekokit.co.nz
Direct download: 28_Ekokit.mp3
Category:Sustainable Design -- posted at: 5:15am NZST
Tue, 9 April 2013
A few weeks ago now, I got up at 5 am to interview Ben, who lives in Hertfordshire in the UK. Ben has a blog and podcast called HousePlanningHelp.com and he shared with me his motivation, vision and plans for learning to build a good home in the UK.
Listen in to find out what we have in common with people building and renovating houses on the other side of the world. What are some of the biggest issues for housing in the UK and how is it similar or different to NZ? And why should we all be following Wolfgang Feist?
Ben's own very good blog site can be found at: http://www.houseplanninghelp.com
You can also find Ben all over the web:
Resources that Ben mentioned
The Sustainable Building Association: http://www.aecb.net/
Direct download: 27_House_Planning_Help_Ben_Adam_Smith.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 10:13pm NZST
Fri, 5 April 2013
Part 2 of my interviews from the Rebuild and Renovate Christchurch Home Show. This week I catch up again with Bob Burnett. Bob is Homestar trained Architectural Designer who I interviewed about thermal modelling in episode 14.
I also speak with Thomas van Raamsdonk from Pro Clima about airtightness, blower doors and how to seal a three dimensional joint in framing around a window sill, using one piece of tape.
Direct download: 26_Efficient_Design_and_Airtightness_-_Home_Show_Highlights_Part_2.mp3
Category:Industryhttp://www.proclima.co.nz -- posted at: 10:46pm NZST