04 April 2019 Devdiscourse News Desk: Investment of $2.1 million into housing announced for Taumarunui and Te Kuiti

These provincial communities need better housing and outdoor air quality as well. “There is strong evidence that Taumarunui has a pool of housing that does not meet reasonable standards and is cold, damp and prone to black mould infestation,”  “These initiatives will strengthen whānau and communities, not only improving housing but also providing opportunities to learn skills, offer employment opportunities, …

04 April 2019 Scoop Media World Allergy Week: Why healthy homes are important

“Many homes in New Zealand are cold and damp, which creates the perfect environment for asthma and allergy triggers such as mould. To help reduce this impact during the colder winter months, it is essential to create a warm, dry and pollution free environment.” So another way to put this is healthy homes prevent asthma attacks and as ~12% of …

MVHR commissioning in Certified Passive House Buildings (includes PHI Low Energy Building Standard and EnerPHit as well)

In order to certify your building as meeting the exacting Passive House Standard the certification standard “Criteria for the Passive House, EnerPHit and PHI Low Energy Building Standard, version 9f, revised 15.08.2016” requires in 3.2.5 Ventilation: HRV commissioning report: at minimum, the report must include the following: description of the property, location/address of the building, name and address of the …

Climate data resource page

For Passive House calculations members of iPHA can use their tool to generate files for PHPP An indicative climate file can be generated here with this tool. Remember that the file is defined for the northern hemisphere and must be altered using the Climate data tool for the Southern Hemisphere. Hourly weather files for use in EnergyPlus or other transient tools are available …

Future climate considerations in Passive House Planning Package (PHPP)

Passive House Institute has released a climate morphing tool for use in examining future climates and building resilience. I’m particularly fond of this approach which simply takes an increased summer temperature and increases the dry bulb temperatures throughout the year. After working with more detailed analysis from Meteonorm (which we use for detailed analysis including hygrothermal modeling) and other future …

28 February 2019 The Gisborne Herald: Real Health Difference

“I remember a young family who had about seven children, who told us they would often be taking a child to hospital at least once a week, due to the house being freezing cold.” For those folks not lucky enough to live in New Zealand Gisborne is in the North Island of New Zealand with nice warm summers. News like …

27 February 2019 Warm Healthy Homes Related Blogs

With the government finally raising the standard for existing homes in an attempt to lower the horrible health impacts for tenants of cold homes there has been quite a bit of media. I’ve also personally witnesses cold new build homes as well – typically because I was invited to look at them by their new owners who don’t understand why …