Inspiring people to make a better place to live

energy efficient home

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]

What is a blower door and why would you want to use one? Thomas van Raamsdonk is a home performance expert. He's also an expert educator and can often be found touring New Zealand and Australia talking with design professionals, builders and clients about the virtues and techniques of better building. During his career of ... [Read more]

So, you've decided you'd like a really good home. One that's comfortable, healthy and energy efficient. That's great, but unfortunately it's not (yet) standard practice. Hopefully you can find a good designer to help (try this list if you like). But you'll also need some good, non-standard products. This week I spoke with Ken Levenson ... [Read more]

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]

So, you know you want a sustainable (healthy, efficient, affordable and desirable) home, but where do you start? I've covered the fundamentals  of what makes a good energy efficient home, but these are details. What's the big picture? Where do you start a sustainable house? In episode 91, Glenn Murdoch spoke about the importance of ... [Read more]

FREE 4 PAGE GUIDE reveals how to design a sustainable home…



The Building Guide is NZ’s independent step-by-step guide for home owners who are building new or renovating, with a comprehensive building product and services gallery.