Build Aotearoa 15: Building Circularity
Home Style Green
by Matthew Cutler-Welsh
2d ago
The construction industry plays a pivotal role in the quest for a sustainable, low-carbon future. Traditional construction practices follow a linear model: take, make, dispose. However, this approach leads to significant waste and resource depletion. Enter building circularity – a transformative concept that aims to design and construct buildings for long-term sustainability, ensuring materials can […] The post Build Aotearoa 15: Building Circularity appeared first on Home Style Green ..read more
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Build Aotearoa 14: The Mammal House
Home Style Green
by Matthew Cutler-Welsh
1w ago
In this week’s episode, I discuss Nationals ‘Gowing for Growth’ housing policies, natural gas and the danger of internally strapping and lining concrete walls. Links for this week’s episode: The post Build Aotearoa 14: The Mammal House appeared first on Home Style Green ..read more
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Build Aotearoa 13: Homestar vs Building Code
Home Style Green
by Matthew Cutler-Welsh
2w ago
The New Zealand Building Code does not guarantee performance in all areas that many homeowners might expect. Fortunately, Homestar is available to close the performance gaps. Homestar Headline Benefits•    Fresh air•    Dry•    Comfort•    Carbon   Homestar Design ChecklistThis is a summary of the basic requirements over and above basic building code […] The post Build Aotearoa 13: Homestar vs Building Code appeared first on Home Style Green ..read more
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Build Aotearoa 10: Warmer and Wetter
Home Style Green | Sustainable Design and Building
by Matthew Cutler-Welsh
3M ago
This week, I attended a BRANZ seminar titled ‘Building for our Changing Climate’ in Tāmaki Makaurau Auckland. It’s encouraging to see rooms filled with designers, builders, product suppliers, building officials, and others interested enough in this critical topic to dedicate four hours of their week to it. A key takeaway is that we’re not adequately […] The post Build Aotearoa 10: Warmer and Wetter appeared first on Home Style Green ..read more
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Build Aotearoa 9 with Steve Penny
Home Style Green | Sustainable Design and Building
by Matthew Cutler-Welsh
3M ago
Steve Penny is the founder and director at Honoris, a building services consultancy in Christchurch, New Zealand. He is also the host of his own podcast, A Penny for Your Thoughts. The post Build Aotearoa 9 with Steve Penny appeared first on Home Style Green ..read more
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Build Aotearoa 8: Cool by Design
Home Style Green | Sustainable Design and Building
by Matthew Cutler-Welsh
3M ago
Many people might be surprised to know that the New Zealand Building Code does not require any consideration of overheating in homes. The energy efficiency requirements in our code are based only on the ability of buildings to keep warm without excessive heat loss. There is nothing to prevent homes from being designed with large […] The post Build Aotearoa 8: Cool by Design appeared first on Home Style Green ..read more
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Build Aotearoa 7: Changing the Window Industry
Home Style Green | Sustainable Design and Building
by Matthew Cutler-Welsh
4M ago
Stärke has been in the window industry in New Zealand since the 80s. They were at the forefront of supplying aluminium frames to the building industry but have recently made some big changes. With a focus on building performance, Benjy Simmons describes the new direction of Stärke as a ‘once-in-fifty-year’ change. While the company has […] The post Build Aotearoa 7: Changing the Window Industry appeared first on Home Style Green ..read more
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Build Aotearoa 6: Framology
Home Style Green | Sustainable Design and Building
by Matthew Cutler-Welsh
4M ago
More is not always better, especially regarding the amount of timber in the frame of a house. The more timber there is, the less space there is for insulation. The way this is measured is called timber fraction. Most homes in Aotearoa are designed using the assumption that timber will make up around 14% – […] The post Build Aotearoa 6: Framology appeared first on Home Style Green ..read more
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Build Aotearoa: Physics
Home Style Green | Sustainable Design and Building
by Matthew Cutler-Welsh
4M ago
Denise Martin has been involved with many of Aotearoa’s Passive House projects. As one of the most experienced blower door testers in the country, she’s been involved with verifying a range of residential and commercial buildings both in New Zealand and Australia. I caught up with Denise to chat about how she got into building […] The post Build Aotearoa: Physics appeared first on Home Style Green ..read more
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Build Aotearoa: Quality and Quantity
Home Style Green | Sustainable Design and Building
by Matthew Cutler-Welsh
4M ago
One of the biggest local news stories this week was the news itself. I listened to Tova O’Brien’s take on the announcement of the proposed shutdown of NewHub and what it could mean for journalism in New Zealand. As someone familiar with the relatively close-knit journalism community in this country and as someone who went […] The post Build Aotearoa: Quality and Quantity appeared first on Home Style Green ..read more
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