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Green Building Design with Jessica Eyers

Sustainable Architect, Jessica Eyers

Jessica Eyers is an architect with a passion for sustainable design. She also knows a lot about windows!

Jessica Eyers is a passionate advocate for sustainable, green design. As I discovered during this interview, Jessica is also really interested in the science of green building and understanding what works and what doesn’t work.

Architecture & Inspiration

Jessica completed a Bachelor of Architecture from the University of Sheffield in the U.K. But it was when visiting the amazing Centre for Alternative Technology, that Jessica become really passionate about the science of green building design.

Since then, Jessica has completed a Master of Science, Architecture in Advanced Environmental and Energy Studies and has also become a Certified Passive House Designer.

Jessica's understanding of building science allows her to really understand how to make a house perform. To find out more, check out their R&D.

Jessica’s understanding of building science allows her to really understand how to make a house perform. To find out more, check out their R&D. http://hiberna.co.nz/research/

Why Do European Windows Open Inwards?

Jessica studied windows in detail. Or more specifically, shutters and how they can help improve the thermal performance of buildings. Sliding shutters are becoming more popular as an aesthetic feature to new apartments and contemporary homes here in Auckland. Could there be more to them than just good looks?

Now that's a good looking window frame. We don't typically use shutters, so out windows open outwards. But they can (and should) have double seals.

Now that’s a good looking window frame. We don’t typically use shutters, so out windows open outwards. But they can (and should) have double seals.

Sustainability

Jessica is a true advocate for sustainability. Before starting her own practice in Wanaka, Jessica worked along one of New Zealand’s best high performance home designers – Anne Salmond. She also worked as an advisor at Sustainable Wanaka and as an Eco Design Advisor.

Hiberna

It’s an exciting time for Jessica and her husband (who happens to be a builder) as they’ve relaunched their business under the name of Hiberna. I think their timing is great. There’s growing demand for people with Jessica’s skills and experience to help design and deliver truly good homes.

Warkworth Strawbale House

This strawbale project has its own website: https://21cstraw.wordpress.com/

Contact Jessica

Jessica’s Book Recommendations

The Hand-Sculpted House: A Practical and Philosophical Guide to Building a Cob Cottage: The Real Goods Solar Living Book

Patterns of Home: The Ten Essentials of Enduring Design

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