Waikato (Taupiri) expoHaus is up for sale!

Announced in the eHaus winter 2019 newsletter: “We noted, with interest, the Waikato expoHaus today registered 19.5 degrees inside as the staff arrived for work, with an outside temperature of just 4 degrees. There was also no heating used over night! We get excited imagining when PassivHaus becomes the NZ minimum code, allowing all Kiwis to thrive in warm, healthy …

02 July 2019 Scoop: Doctors welcome rules making insulation the norm in rentals

“Installing insulation in a house can have a 6:1 cost benefit ratio for the very young and the very old – these people are our most vulnerable, and they spend the most time indoors,” said Dr Jeff Brown, NZ President of the RACP and a paediatrician at Palmerston North Hospital. “I see young children ending up in hospital suffering from …

02 July 2019 The Spinoff’s Elle Hunt: Renting isn’t about ‘surviving’ or ‘enduring’ – it’s about having a warm, dry home

“One of the barriers was a lack of knowledge about the home’s defects, or “believing the property [was] in better condition than it objectively is”. That’s easy enough to do – when you don’t live in it. The paper’s authors suggested that tougher laws might be enough to force the necessary improvements, and that’s what this Healthy Homes legislation sets …

29 June 2019 Otago Daily Times’ Kim Dungey: Homely as it gets

Great article on the Hawera Passive House build that is the first in New Zealand to target the Passive House Premium build. We are looking forward to reviewing the final documentation and, if they meet the standard, awarding them the first Passive House Premium certification. Great team with a well designed home and we wish them well. View Case Study …

28 June 2019 RNZ: Family desperate to leave freezing HNZ home

“It just feels like you’re camping outside, that’s what it is,” she said. She said the small lounge heater provided by HNZ – the home’s only heat source – did nothing to warm it, and was too expensive to run. The family open the windows every morning to help air the house out – but that also means the cold …