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166: How to Upgrade Your Thermal Envelope Above the Building Code thumbnail

When you're designing a new home, or getting one built, you should invest as much as you can to upgrade the thermal envelope. Put in as much insulation as you can, and invest in the best windows you can afford. In this episode, I walk through the minimum requirements of the New Zealand building code ... [Read more]

165: NZ Builders thumbnail

I usually interview designers and builders about what's going on overseas, with a focus on what the New Zealand industry could learn from them. In this episode, I speak with Damon Gray and Andrew Chapman of NZ Builders. They've turned this idea on it's head and have taken some NZ techniques to British Columbia, with ... [Read more]

164: Nook Low Energy Homes thumbnail

I love it when I find new companies that are looking at the design and building process a bit differently and who want to provide healthy, energy efficient homes. That's what Nook is all about - low energy homes. I caught up with their designer, Warren Clarke recently and asked him why he does what ... [Read more]

163: The Facts About Airtightness thumbnail

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 reduce air movement. So how do you create a wall that keeps you warm but will also stay dry? I ... [Read more]

162: Introducing the LUNOS, a through-the-wall heat recovery ventilation system thumbnail

When I first saw the LUNOS, I was skeptical. How could this be a ventilation solution with true heat recovery, when it's so small? I particularly weary of systems claiming to be 'heat recovery ventilation', because so much of what's typically sold and installed as such in New Zealand, simply is not. Worse than that, ... [Read more]

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