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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.

17 October 2018

Photovoltaic and Solar Water Panels: What to Choose?

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When reviewing advertisements and promotional materials it appears that photovoltaic (PV) solar panels are promoted, with solar water panels being essentially ignored — why?

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21 June 2018

Can Thermal Performance Be Measured Objectively?

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The thermal performance of a house is determined by the complex interaction of a variety of major influences. With higher performance being desired, and demanded, it becomes more important that an objective measure is used for an assessment to be meaningful.

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16 May 2018

Thermal Performance: Which Materials are Best?

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When designing buildings for thermal performance, which criteria should dominate when it comes to the selection of building materials?

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23 March 2018

Natural Ventilation: Was the Old Way So Bad?

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Should we be reviewing the natural ventilation aspects of the standard form of windows commonly used in our modern houses?

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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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