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Keith Huntington
Keith Huntington
on Maximising Thermal Efficiency
Architectural Consultant

Keith Huntington of EcoRate Ltd is a registered architect involved in passive solar design and the objective analysis of buildings using thermal simulation modelling.

27 July 2020

Heat Pumps and Working From Home

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Heat Pumps are now well established as a heating source for the home which suits family life as it has been for the last decades, but will they have the same dominance following the disruptive game-changer of Covid-19?

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25 May 2020

Covid-19 and Shovel-Ready Projects

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‘Shovel-Ready’ is the adjective of the moment, but is it to be a 2019 descriptor or a 2021 descriptor? This will be important in 20 years time when the decisions about to be made will be well cemented in.

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28 April 2020

Considering Thermal Windows

Image by Pezibear from Pixabay

Windows form an important barrier and connection between the wide outside world and the cosy private environment of the building’s occupants. As the weakest point, attempts have been taken by industry to address the thermal vulnerability of this necessary building element.

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20 February 2020

Sustainable Water Supply

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With the current shortage of rain in much of NZ, especially in the North, it is appropriate to recognise the long-term change in rainfall patterns and to give serious consideration to having water storage for domestic use at most dwellings.

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22 November 2019

NZBC – H1 Energy Efficiency

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From time to time there are calls from various interest groups advocating that their section of the New Zealand Building Code needs to be updated or revised, including Clause H1 (Energy Efficiency).

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20 September 2019

Assessing the Thermal Performance of Homes

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With the growing acceptance that we must be much more clever with our use of the world’s non-renewable resources, we are well past the time when we can rely on long-standing assumptions, short-term thinking, and Green-wash. Objective assessments are urgently needed.

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26 August 2019

Holistic Approach Key to the Energy Efficiency of Building Products

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There are many products in the market each promoting their individual thermal performance, but when incorporated into a building the actual ‘real-life,’ performance becomes dependent upon the interaction of all the materials and products used in the construction.

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22 July 2019

Homestar Ratings: Moving Beyond 6 Stars

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While in the normal course of events, most newly constructed homes in an urban setting can achieve a 6 Homestar rating, if there is an aspiration for higher ratings, then there is value in looking at where points can be gained at an early stage in the design process. 

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24 June 2019

The Insulating Effect of the Humble Curtain Revisited

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The results of a simple experiment to demonstrate the value of well-fitted curtains.

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19 April 2019

ANZ Bank Incentivises Homestar Ratings

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As an incentive to sustainable housing, in mid-April the ANZ Bank announced that it is offering reductions to some of its interest rates and fees, subject to particular conditions, if the property being financed has a minimum Homestar rating of 6 stars.

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