22 November 2018 ATTMA Workshop

Our director, Jason Quinn, had the privilege of attending the Air Infiltration and Ventilation Association of Australia’s general meeting in Sydney. This meeting covered not only the general meeting of AIVAA, the annual general meeting for that organization, but also had multi-fan testing at the end by Terry Brennan, which was pretty incredible.

2019 South Pacific Passive House Conference and Trade Show

Our director, Jason Quinn, will be teaching the advanced clinic on Thermal Comfort and Overheating at the South Pacific Passive House Conference. The workshop will cover the impacts of design choices and the ways to fix overheating in high performance homes (i.e. certified passive house). This is a workshop for Certified Passive House Designers/Consultants/Tradespersons and other experts and is not …

2019 South Pacific Passive House Conference (SPPHC)

Sustainable Engineering Ltd. recommends that everyone who possibly can go to the South Pacific Passive House Conference(SPPC). This conference will be held for the first time in Wellington on February 8th, 9th and 10th of 2019. The South Pacific Passive House Conference has continued to go from strength to strength each and every year. This year of the advanced clinic …

26 November 2018 News Now: Poverty advocate ‘incredibly disappointed’ Housing NZ satisfied dying woman, 78, living in mouldy South Auckland home

Although this is again one horrible house and one family in an unfortunate situation it is representative of a large number of really unhealthy homes in NZ. I seldom see homes this bad (although the EcoAdvisors do) but many new homes built to minimum code and some to ‘better than code’ have mould within a short time. I don’t see …

22 November 2018 The Fifth Estate’s Tina Perinotto: Passive House business Hütt Homes jumps onto new crowd funding platform

Hütt Homes has made news in Australia by seeking crowdfunding for its passive house design business. This crowdfunding is an equity investment allowed by the new recent changes in Australians law. This will be the first crowdfunding product in the sustainability area. Hütt Homes have plans for a beautiful show home lined up to demonstrate the feel of passive house …

15 November 2018 HVAC&R News’ Laura Timberlake: Passive House to hit mass market?

Frasers Property Australia is the first mass market developer in all of Australia who’s looking forward to making passive houses through their in-house design team. They know the primary benefits to the occupants are health, well-being, lower ongoing energy costs, and of course, sustainability of the building and they believe they can sell those benefits to their clients. It’s interesting …

7 November 2018 ArchitectureNow Editorial Desk: The eco-ethical house: part two

I’ve had the great pleasure of staying overnight in this Passive House with some friends. It was beautifully warm and quiet inside. Although it was cold outside that night one of the other guests slept in the window seat, no curtains and still warm and comfortable. “Gardner House was my first passive house and the first certified passive house in …

05 November 2018 Chris Lewis, Federated Farmers Opinion: Farmers deserve honest discussion about the future of housing

More and more folks are realizing that housing contributes to their health. Federated Farmers steps up to looking after their members and their children’s health. Talk about blunt quotes ‘asthma-inducing hell hole’ is plain-speaking. “No one wants to live in a black mould pit or an asthma-inducing hell hole.” “Her response was ‘Our members’ employees live on farms in accommodation’” …

31 October 2018 Architecture Now’s Justine Harvey and Camille Khouri: The Eco-Ethical House: Shotover House Case Study

We’d like to congratulate Certified Passive House Fesigner Guy Shaw on his elegant design of this passive house. This elegant design easily met the certification criteria. We are particularly fond of the way the thermal envelope of the building is very simple but the external facade of the architectural looks very convoluted. This is an excellent way to combine the …