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Prefabrication, high performance homes, indoor air quality, Homestar, sustainable concrete and airtightness are just some of the topics presented at this year's Eco Design Advisor (EDA) Conference in Wellington, May 1st - 2nd. Some fortuitous free time allowed me to attend this small conference once again. And once again, I was impressed. Eight councils across ... [Read more]

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]

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]

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. Among other things, Adam is a Homestar Practitioner. There's nothing particularly special about this nowadays, except when you consider that ... [Read more]

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. Dr Bailes was a physicist ... [Read more]

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]

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]

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! At Second Eden Studio, Elena provides a range of sustainability oriented services ... [Read more]

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: Kelly Hart's amazing hub of resources and links: GreenHomeBuilding.com Source of alternative house plans: DreamGreenHomes Following on from ... [Read more]

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. Peter's tips for designing a good home include: Location - it's hard to retrofit good community, so try ... [Read more]

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