NZ entries for the 2020 Passive House Award?

New Zealand window manufacturers took out two of the window awards at the PHI conference in China last year. Several years ago PH1NZ nearly won first place in the residential architecture awards. Time for a New Zealand architecture firm to step up and win first place. I can think of several certified homes in NZ that I’d pick. Certified Passive House …

2020 January 22 Yes – it’s a Passive House Plus Office Building

Crazy looking building: but under the iridescent facade is a standard form office building. Well, standard aside from the funky double concrete staircase. The architect’s website has some great photos. but the really interesting point is the performance … this is a Certified Passive House Plus. It’s listed as the largest certified project in France as at the time of …

2020 January 09 Passive House + Sustainable Building: Xtratherm Launch New Part L NZEB Briefing Note

HEADING Ireland releases new nearly-zero energy building regulations Ireland has released its nearly-zero energy buildings regulations (to comply with EU requirements) and insulation supplier Xtratherm has published a guide for builders/designers. I’ve pulled together a table of the minimum performance values and calculated the R-values to help folks in NZ compare. These are average values and include thermal bridging from …

2020 January 6 Architecture Now: Climate Positive Design Challenge

Carbon-positive landscapes too The basic idea? The chosen materials and landscape components sequester carbon to balance out the carbon it took to create it, all within five to 20 years. (Five for greener projects like parks, gardens, campuses and mixed-use developments, with up to 20 years for more urban projects.) The important new development is that they’ve run the numbers: …

2020 January 01 Building Enclosure: Social Responsibility And Equity in Housing

Consider social responsibility also I try and read Daniel Overbey’ posts for the technical content but in his first post of the year, he presented a real challenge. “John Elkington is often credited with first coining the term ‘triple bottom line’ in his 1997 book Cannibals with Forks. He defined the triple bottom line as a sustainability framework that examines …

About time: Damn right, mechanical ventilation is appropriate in all new buildings

Why am I sounding overjoyed at this simple text from BRANZ? The backstory goes a long way back.   In its <December 2019 Guideline https://www.branz.co.nz/guideline>, the front story is about smart vapour retarders (SVR) and how they lower the risk of mould in New Zealand wall assemblies. (There’s a story about that too, but that’s for another time.) The big …