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Design Advice

Are You A Net Zero Hero? Part 1: Energy

Time to get with the new paradigms of Net Zero Energy, Net Zero Toxicity (in materials) and Net Zero Carbon. Jerome Partington of Jasmax and CEO Living Future Rākeiora explains how you can play your role and create positive outcomes for your clients and projects. These can be immediate and powerful wins for our industry, our clients, our communities and Papatūānuku.

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27 October 2020
27 October 2020

The Need for Embodied and Operational Carbon Reduction

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With New Zealand’s commitment to Net Zero Carbon Emissions by 2050, the built infrastructure sector of the economy will have a significant part to play if the target is to be met. The Residential Tenancies (Healthy Homes Standards) Regulations 2019 illustrates the need for lateral thinking.

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27 October 2020

Shift Gears to Full Potential: Build Your EGO to be ECO


GUEST POST: Jon & Yoshimi Brett discuss breaking down silos and ego-centric thinking to steer the industry towards more eco-centric ways of thinking. 

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21 September 2020

Integrated Design: Working Better Together to Build a Thriving, Future-Fit Aotearoa

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Ready! Fire! Aim! Sound Familiar? We’re often juggling multiple issues with a constant focus on value management and missing the real value. What if we shifted our thinking?

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21 September 2020

R-Values and Product Selection

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The process of designing and selecting insulation materials for the thermal envelope of a building is not a simple task.

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21 September 2020

A Challenge to Aim for the Sun


GUEST POST: Jon & Yoshimi Brett discuss Tanglewood, their family home rebuild in the Eastern bays of Auckland which has achieved Net Zero Energy and Petal Certification under the stringent Living Building Challenge.

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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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22 June 2020

Factors to Consider When Analysing Additional Shading

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There are many factors which influence whether additional shading created by a project proposal can be considered more than minor.

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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

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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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