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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.

24 November 2017

How Cold Does it Actually Get?

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Does the disconnect between the standard temperatures used for thermal performance research, and the actual interior and climatic temperatures to which building are exposed, cause confusion?

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25 October 2017

Recessed Windows: Is a New Aesthetic Needed?

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Recently there seems to be a developing interest in locating domestic aluminium windows to align with the thermal insulation zone of exterior walls. This interest seems to be focused on thermally broken window frames and the by-passing of the thermal break which occurs with current window installation details.

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21 September 2017

There is More to Insulation Than Just the R-value

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When there is talk of thermal insulation 'R-values' soon come into the conversation, but how do they relate to the actual thermal comfort of a building? And are they the primary determinant of the thermal comfort of a home?

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28 August 2017

Thermally Broken Window Frames

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Thermally broken window frames have been available for a number of years, but for some reason their uptake has not been as rapid as might be expected from the promotion given to them.

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18 May 2017

Eco Design Advisors Conference

There are city councils in New Zealand which offer their citizens and local designers free advice on how to improve the quality and comfort of both new and existing homes.

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19 April 2017

Thermal Performance Aspects of Low-Rise Apartment Design

Ensuring that medium-density low-rise apartment complexes comply with NZBC-H1 (Energy Efficiency) is more involved than for stand-alone dwellings.

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23 March 2017

Selecting Home Heating Systems that Meet Occupant Liveability Requirements

Heating a house is not as simple as just fitting a heat pump to a convenient wall. The most important first step is to develop a heating and cooling Performance Brief for the residence.

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24 February 2017

New Amendment to NZBC H1 Energy Efficiency

A new edition (Fourth) of the New Zealand Building Code Clause H1 (Energy Efficiency) has been published. It became effective on 1st January 2017.

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23 November 2016

Is Technology or Forestry the Answer?

Perhaps neither when it comes to attempting to control climate change. Perhaps it will only be by the sum of the small actions of individuals that there may be some hope of progress.

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18 August 2016

Do Internal Walls Need Insulation?

The New Zealand Building Code clause H1 (Energy Efficiency) requires minimum levels of insulation only to the exterior of the inhabited areas of a house. Is this enough?

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