163: The Facts About Airtightness

[caption id="attachment_2830" align="alignright" width="250"] Jon Davies writes and teaches on moisture and heat transport within construction. He is Regional Manager for Pro Clima (NZ) Ltd.[/caption] Walls (and roofs and floors) of buildings have become complicated. As we've increased the level of insulation, we've created some new problems, like condensation. This has been aggravated by the addition of layers into the wall that…

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161: A Fitbit for your home

Imagine having a Fitbit for your home and being able to see, in real time, how it's performing. You could also be notified of any hazards like high levels of CO2 and VOCs as they occur - before you start to get a headache or start having respiratory problems. [caption id="attachment_2798" align="alignright" width="300"] Dustin Onghanseng, Co-Founder and CEO of uHoo[/caption]…

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159: Darryl Sang Certified Passive House Designer

Why Architecture? Darryl originally chose engineering as his profession, but seeking to combine his creativity with his analytical skills, he eventually followed his father's footsteps into architecture. Why Passive House? A growing number of Darryl's clients have been wanting to invest more in their properties in order to use fewer resources and have a truely comfortable home. Involvement with his local Steiner…

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158: Why should we be watching China?

[caption id="attachment_2745" align="aligncenter" width="1024"] Passive House is taking off in China - Photo curtesy of Elrond Burrell[/caption] One of the most surprising aspects of the recent 20th International Passive House Conference in Darmstadt, was the Chinese presence. Elrond Burrell estimates that nearly 200 of the 1,000 delegates were from China. Why the sudden uptake of Passive House in Asia, and…

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157: Sustainable Landscapes with Hitesh Mehta

[caption id="attachment_2729" align="alignright" width="150"] Hitesh Mehta[/caption] Hitesh Mehta I originally contacted Hitesh Mehta to talk about sustainable landscape architecture, but he offers a lot more than that. Hitesh has travelled the world advising and helping designers of ecolodges. He enjoys all aspects of architecture as well as photography, environmental planning and writing. To find out more about his recent work,…

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156: Why Passive House? With Dr Wolfgang Feist

[caption id="attachment_2708" align="aligncenter" width="880"] The first Passive House, Darmstadt-Kranichstein, Germany[/caption] I never intended for this to become a Passive House blog site, nor did I intend to become a Passive House expert. And I don't think either of those two things have happened, yet. I have had a number of Passive House designers and product suppliers on the show and…

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155: PrefabNZ CoLab2016

It's tempting to say that Prefab's time has come, but I don't think this does justice to prefabricated building. As Pamela Bell has explained previously on the Home Style Green Podcast, Prefab is not new. But the enthusiasm shown during this week's PrefabNZ CoLab event here in Auckland suggest that prefab will play an increasingly important role in the delivery…

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