29 January 2019 Scoop: Insulation boost means more warm dry homes

Good to see after all the research that has been done about poor quality of housing impacts on health that the government is up to speed. Now we need to: 1. at least build the new stock so it is healthy as well and, 2. change the building code so new homes are designed and proven to be warm healthy …

29 January 2019 Boston Green Ribbon Commission’s Miriam Wasser: Boston aims to be carbon-free by 2050. Here are 5 takeaways from a new report

NZ is in the lucky position to already have a significant ~80% of our energy from renewables. Given that and lacking a full engineering analysis city-by-city report we can tell our NZ cities to focus on these three things: 1. Maximum energy efficiency in buildings – we don’t have to call it Passive House (or Passivhaus) but it will look …

19 November 2018 The Green List’s The Fern: These Redfern apartments will change your life, and save a motza

Ouch. “Even for supposedly sustainable houses and apartments. The rating tools are good he says, but their problem is “too much greenwash”, not enough post-occupancy evaluation, and an almost “criminally” low standard of compliance. Result? (And he’s seen this with his own eyes) clients in highly rated green housing call the architect after they’ve moved in to say they are …

23 October 2018 ArchDaily: Sri Lanka Passive House / JPDA

Certified Passive House is not only for cold climates but that is still where you find most of them. This Certified Passive House Factory is located in Sri Lanka which is a hot monsoon climate. The design team focused on heat gain reduction but still had to deal with the very high local humidity and internal loads of running a …

17 December 2018 Otago Daily Times: Passive housing standard for hall

This central community hall has the potential to shift the viewpoint on building quality and performance in Queenstown district. “Deputy Mayor Calum MacLeod described it as “futuristic thinking” for the district and the country and there was potential for the (certified passive house) standard to be embraced across the district.” Content by Otago Daily Times.

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.