2018 December 13 The Wanaka Sun’s Allison McLean: Luggate to open its doors to an energy efficient new hall

We participated in the initial feasibility study for this project and wish to commend Queenstown Lakes District Council for thinking to the future. The team followed the government Better Business Case model to make sure they adequately covered the risks and benefits of targeting a Certified Passive House community hall. “the engagement with the community and the business case now supports …

Prevention of fabric and interior furnishings fading from the sun

If you could block 100% of UV light than the fading would be reduced to approximately 1/3rd the amount. As the entire spectrum of light contributes to fading and it is very dependant on the material the best you can do is select a glass which has low damage-weighted transmittance has the symbol T-dw. This isn’t perfect as T-dw was developed …

30 November 2018 NZ Herald: How to spot a healthy home

Looking for insulation in the purchase of a new home is an excellent idea and looking for bathroom and kitchen exhaust fans is even more critical. Unfortunately this is not sufficient as we are seeing brand new homes that clearly meet all of these recommendations and are still having mould issues. We would suggest having continuous mechanical ventilation with a …

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.

2019 South Pacific Passive House Conference and Trade Show

Our director, Jason Quinn, will be teaching the advanced clinic on Thermal Comfort and Overheating at the South Pacific Passive House Conference. The workshop will cover the impacts of design choices and the ways to fix overheating in high performance homes (i.e. certified passive house). This is a workshop for Certified Passive House Designers/Consultants/Tradespersons and other experts and is not …

2019 South Pacific Passive House Conference (SPPHC)

Sustainable Engineering Ltd. recommends that everyone who possibly can go to the South Pacific Passive House Conference(SPPC). This conference will be held for the first time in Wellington on February 8th, 9th and 10th of 2019. The South Pacific Passive House Conference has continued to go from strength to strength each and every year. This year of the advanced clinic …

26 November 2018 News Now: Poverty advocate ‘incredibly disappointed’ Housing NZ satisfied dying woman, 78, living in mouldy South Auckland home

Although this is again one horrible house and one family in an unfortunate situation it is representative of a large number of really unhealthy homes in NZ. I seldom see homes this bad (although the EcoAdvisors do) but many new homes built to minimum code and some to ‘better than code’ have mould within a short time. I don’t see …

22 November 2018 The Wanaka Sun’s Ruth Blunt: A healthy heart for Luggate

Luggate Hall is the is a community hub in Queenstown that needs to be replaced due to seismic strengthening. The community has pulled together a business case plan through the Government’s better business model to pursue Certified Passive House for that community hall in order to capture the thermal comfort, health & the low energy ongoing energy cost benefits. Once …