IT’S EITHER RIGHT OR IT’S WRONG. THERE IS NO “THAT WILL DO”. IF YOU MAKE A MISTAKE, JUST PUT IT RIGHT! THEN EVERYONE IS HAPPY.
Hi, I’m Robert Whitehouse. Owner/Operator of Energy Efficient Homes and Whitehouse Builders. My passion is creating warm, comfortable, healthy homes at an afforable price. In this blog I share my tips & tricks to building a QUALITY Energy Efficient Home as well as some statistics and case studies that will make you think twice about building to the standard NZ Building Code.
On the 29th of November the MBIE announced a number of changes to the building code that improve energy efficiency in new home builds. These changes will be brought in between now and November 2022. So you may be thinking I should make sure that any new house I am going to build now shouldContinue reading “CHANGES THAT ARE NOT GOOD ENOUGH.”
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.”
Last week we handed over a brand new energy efficient home to our lovely clients Kat & Grant. This 3 bedroom home in Prestons Park has been kit out with all of our standard energy efficient upgrades including: low-e coating, argon filled uPVC windows from NK Windows, airtight ProClima wrap, upgraded insulation and the StiebelContinue reading “HAND OVER TO KAT & GRANT”
Before we hand a house over to a client, Tania will go through the property with a fine tooth comb to ensure any imperfections are taken note of and fixed.
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”
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”
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?”
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