Calling All Passive House Builders

I’m helping to set up a session of hands on builders to each speak for 5 minutes at the next Passive House Conference in Wellington (9th and 10th of February). The concept is to have some real hands on discussion from folks actually building Certified Passive Houses rather than all the talks being from design folks. You would all be speaking together …

14 June 2018 BRANZ Transition to Low Carbon Built Environment by 2050

I was a bit disappointed reading this brief workshop report as the conclusions are very cautious. It started strong by reviewed some epic keynote points like ice free summers at the North Pole by 2030 (12 years away by my math) and the need for negative carbon emissions to stay below 2 degrees increase. Then went on to how industry …

06 September 2018 David Hargreaves argues that what is missing from the Government’s Healthy Homes initiative is a long-term plan to modernise all of New Zealand’s housing stock

This article is great. The author actually gets the obvious limitations built into this government act. Even if NZ chose the top option of all those offered we wouldn’t have guaranteed warm healthy homes. They would be better but not much better … unless someone pays the tenants (large) heating bill. One issue I think is missing is that new …

04 September 2018 SunLive: Healthy Homes Proposals Made Public

I’m glad to see that this is finally out for public comment. Although this article focuses on Rental Housing I see these issues with owner occupied and brand new housing as well; And yes these are new homes built to meet NZ Building Code. The high performance building industry needs to comment as a whole on what will actually fix …

04 September 2018 Stuff’s Damian George and Thomas Manch: New rules proposed to bring rental homes up to adequate health standards

This is an excellent summary of the MBIE proposed discussion document and the options proposed. I know how bad NZ buildings can be in terms of basic moisture management and insulation but even the ‘high’ options seem inadequate to fix the problem entirely. These will certainly improve rentals but seem not able to actually make them warm healthy homes unless …

Australian Passive House Association first bi-annual Sydney Symposium Wednesday 26th September 2018

This has some great speakers and should really push high performance building forward in Sydney. I’d especially like to hear the breakfast panel discussion on “transitioning to a zero carbon building and construction sector” and how to make that happen be affordable and societies obligations to make it so. Great speaker lineup with the conference theme of Building Responsibility: Aiming towards …

28 August 2018 Stuff’s Hamish Mcneilly: Council confirms six-figure support of NZ’s second co-housing project

Excellent but brief article on an awesome multi-family project that is targeting the Certified Passive House standard. I remember being asked to estimate the work involved in certification and then being invited to a public talk on this project not realizing they were the same. It was pretty fun sitting there and hearing Catherine Spencer talk about the dramatic benefits …