148 Designing for your climate

Graham Hunt goes into a lot of detail when researching the local climate that will impact the comfort of a home. Designing for your climate includes an analysis of both the macro – the temperature, rainfall and humidity of the region, but also the micro – the local wind, shading and exposure of a particular site. Read More …

144: A System for High Performance Homes

Beattie Passive is a complete system for high performance homes. I love the concept of ‘a house as a system’. I also love the idea of making it simple and easy to get right, and that’s exactly what Ron Beattie has done. As explained in their technical information, “The Beattie Passive system achieves superior levels of Read More …

139: The Future of Green Design

The terms ‘sustainability’ and ‘eco’ are not obvious on Adam Taylor’s website. They are there (see if you can find them). But perhaps the future of green design is embedded in good design. Not something separate. Homestar Practitioner Among other things, Adam is a Homestar Practitioner. There’s nothing particularly special about this nowadays, except when you Read More …

138 Dr. Allison Bailes Energy Vanguard

Dr Allison Bailes III uses his PhD in physics and his background in teaching, to educate the world about better buildings. Through his company Energy Vanguard, Dr Bailes has been recognised as a great communicator, turning complex ideas like relative humidity and psychrometrics, into understandable fundamentals for better home performance. The Phsyics of Good Buildings Read More …

128: Making Green Design Less Boring

Eric Fisher is making green design less boring. Not that green design is necessarily boring in the fist place, but Eric believes in making buildings that are well suited to their location and are interesting for people. To find out more about Eric and his Pittsburg practice check out some of the great images on his Read More …

124: A Deeper Shade of Green

Want to create a passive solar, healthy, energy and water efficient home with your existing house? Get access to Johann for a three part workshop at a ridiculously low price! Spots are limited so register now! Dr Johann Bernhardt originally came to New Zealand, expecting to stay for a year. That was about 30 years Read More …

122: Second Eden

Elena Michel travelled to England to learn the art of sustainable architecture. Through her practice, Second Eden Studio, Elena now provides an alternative to the ‘McMansion’ and is bringing a global perspective of sustainable design to North Carolina. She also loves shipping containers! Second Eden Studio At Second Eden Studio, Elena provides a range of Read More …

119: Green Home Building

Kelly Hart is an amazing thinker and innovator. He’s passionate about the environment and generous with the resources and learning he shares. Notes for the episode are to come. In the meantime, here’s what you need to know: Green Home Building Kelly Hart’s amazing hub of resources and links: GreenHomeBuilding.com Source of alternative house plans: DreamGreenHomes Read More …

114: Passive Solar Design

Peter Olorenshaw has been developing his passion for passive solar design for over 21 years in Nelson, one of New Zealand’s sunniest spots. While he does practise architecture elsewhere, like his designs, he prefers to keep it local. Passive Solar Design Peter’s tips for designing a good home include: Location – it’s hard to retrofit good Read More …

104: Architecture in Harmony with the Earth

Can you imagine meeting someone at university with similar interests, falling in love with them, then starting a practice together offering complementary design services to provide beautiful, functional architecture in harmony with the Earth? Sounds pretty idillic. And it’s what Matthew Swett and Sarah Birger have done to create Taproot Architects. Throw in the fact that they Read More …