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161: A Fitbit for your home thumbnail

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. I spoke with Dustin Jefferson Onghanseng, cofounder ... [Read more]

160: What is in an unhealthy home? thumbnail

Caroline Blazovsky is America's Healthy Home Expert. She makes it easy for people to find out what might be the cause of an unhealthy home and therefore, how to fix it. My Healthy Home mainly checks houses in the US. If you're in New Zealand, get in touch to find out more about getting your ... [Read more]

159: Darryl Sang Certified Passive House Designer thumbnail

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. 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 ... [Read more]

158: Why should we be watching China? thumbnail

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 what does this mean for the rest of us? Elrond Burrell is ... [Read more]

157: Sustainable Landscapes with Hitesh Mehta thumbnail

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, visit Hitesh Mehta ... [Read more]

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