WHY BUILDING A STANDARD HOME TODAY IS A BAD INVESTMENT.

New Zealand has made a commitment to being carbon neutral by 2050. The standards of how we live are beginning to change and will continue to do so until we have met our obligations in accordance with the Paris Climate Agreement. According to the MBIE (Ministry of Business, Innovation & Employment), approximately 20% of NewContinue reading “WHY BUILDING A STANDARD HOME TODAY IS A BAD INVESTMENT.”

PASSIVE HOUSES & YOUR HEALTH

Our homes are supposed to be our safe places, but for nearly a third of New Zealanders, damp homes can have a serious effect on our health. Damp, mouldy houses and the link to respiratory problems Damp, poorly ventilated houses encourage mould growth. For healthy individuals, mould may not have a significant impact, but if people haveContinue reading “PASSIVE HOUSES & YOUR HEALTH”

COMFORT & ENERGY EFFICIENCY

The World Health Organization recommends a minimum indoor temperature of 18°C – ideally 21°C if babies or elderly people live in the house.  The average daily indoor temperature in the winter for most New Zealand houses is just 16°C. Comfort and health come in hand in hand – when you live in a warm, comfortableContinue reading “COMFORT & ENERGY EFFICIENCY”

HOW EXPENSIVE IS AN ENERGY EFFICIENT HOUSE?

Site: The perfect site for an Energy Efficient Home is South – North facing (with living areas being to the north) and shelter from the East and West. These types of sites are very popular and either go very quickly or are more expensive. Design: Compared to a stock standard NZ Building Code home, EnergyContinue reading “HOW EXPENSIVE IS AN ENERGY EFFICIENT HOUSE?”