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In episode 30, I spoke with Elrond Burrell and asked if Passive House (or Passivhaus) was really relevant to some parts of the world. This sparked some great debate and I subsequently caught up with Jon Iliffe of eHaus to find out how to get a passive house in New Zealand. Jon's training is in mechanical engineering and ... [Read more]

The Homestar mandatory minimums are a series of benchmarks that have to be achieved in order to progress up the Homestar scale. They're important because if they are are not achieved, your score will be held back. So what are the Homestar mandatory minimums, and how can you achieve them? [Tweet "What are @HomestarNZ mandatory ... [Read more]

I'm always on the lookout for building professionals who are focussed on sustainable design and construction, so when Ian McHugh popped up in my LinkedIn and Twitter networks, I was keen to get in touch. Ian's specialisations include Code for Sustainable Homes Assessor, and 'Eco-Refurbisher'. I want to know how good designers and architects can do more ... [Read more]

I've been following Jo Wood's and Shay Brazier's Zero Energy House project for nearly three years and I'm very excited to have them both on the show to share some of the details of their design and inspiration. I wanted to cut the chase and find out what makes this house so good. What are ... [Read more]

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