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Marcus Baker
Marcus Baker
on Sustainable Hot Water Systems
Managing Director

Marcus Baker has worked in many areas of environmental sustainability and home performance. He is currently Principle Solar Hot Water System Designer and Managing Director of Apricus New Zealand.

28 June 2021

Efficient Water Heating in Medium Density Housing

Hot water heating is the largest single energy demand in modern residential buildings. With higher density housing the opportunity for centralised hot water systems exists, allowing for more efficient and environmentally friendly systems, while reducing overheads of the tenants.

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23 November 2020

Is Using Gas to Heat Buildings and Hot Water a Low Carbon Option in NZ?

In many countries around the world fossil fuel gas is being used as a “transition fuel” to reduce the greenhouse gas emissions of buildings and homes, so should we be using gas in NZ to reduce our environmental impacts?

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24 August 2020

Heating Water, Without Heating the Planet

It is ironic that carbon dioxide is one of the solutions to lessen the climate crisis, whilst carbon dioxide emissions from burning fossil fuels are one of the main causes of anthropogenic climate change.

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25 May 2020

Turning 'The Impossible' into the Possible

There are clear parallels between the rapid adjustments for Covid-19 and the adjustments that are required to overcome the challenges of the climate crisis.

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27 February 2020

New Builds and Fossil Fuels

Why are we still designing and constructing buildings and homes that use fossil fuels?

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22 November 2019

Moving Towards Sustainable Building Design in New Zealand

A look at some of the milestones and springboards from 2019 which are leading NZ architects towards sustainable design practices in 2020 and beyond. 

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26 August 2019

Sustainable Water Heating Options for Stand-Alone Houses

A comparison of different domestic hot water options currently available in NZ for individual homes, with a focus on the key considerations of environmental sustainability, capital cost, running cost, and ease of installation and maintenance. 

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22 July 2019

Sustainable Water Heating Options for Townhouses and Apartments

What sustainable options are available for providing hot water to townhouses and apartments in 2019? 

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26 April 2019

How Can We Design and Build More Resilient Buildings?

A truly resilient building needs to continue to provide core services in the event of a prolonged emergency or natural disaster. Domestic hot water is one of these services. 

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21 November 2018

Why and How to Choose Solar Hot Water Systems?

A high quality, well designed and installed solar thermal system will reduce energy for water heating by around 75% in individual homes and by 40-70% in larger buildings.

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