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Here are some example homes that are fully or heavily sustainable. This is a great place to find inspiration for your own sustainable future!


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Passive Solar Building Design

Passive Solar Building Design

Posted by Builder-talk Ecobob on 15th Jan 2021

Passive solar, from a residential housing perspective, is simply a home which maintains a comfortable inside temperature by accepting, storing and preserving the heat from sunlight, by using the building design layout and construction fabric. … read more
SIPs vs Timber Frame

SIPs vs Timber Frame

Posted by Builder-Talk on 12th Jan 2021

Firstly some basics - SIPs, is the acronym for Structural Insulated Panels. SIP's have some form of expanded polystyrene/foam insulated core within two sheets of structural Oriented Strand Board (OSB) board either side that forms the internal and external skin. … read more
Tesla Power Roof

Tesla Power Roof

Posted by Builder-talk Ecobob on 11th Jan 2021

For main the idea of solar panels on your roof have been a sensible one, but certainly in New Zealand, it has not become mainstream. Why is this? It makes so much sense? Money. Whilst I think the average citizen wants to do their bit for the environment, … read more
Infrared Heating

Infrared Heating

Posted by Infrared Heating NZ on 9th Jan 2021

Conventionally, heating a home will require warming the air in a specific room or the entire house either by fire place, electric heating/gas heating, or heat pumps etc. These technologies require either storage or pipe work and tend to rapidly burn through emissions, as well as ongoing ma … read more
Green Roofs

Green Roofs

Posted by Builder-talk Ecobob on 4th Jan 2021

Traditional roofs serve an important purpose, making sense for robust and simple materials to be used. Often out of sight and out of mind, simple materials have been used, particularly in New Zealand. What's it all about? … read more
Hydronic Underfloor Heating -  The Benefits

Hydronic Underfloor Heating - The Benefits

Posted by Ecobob on 31st Dec 2020

Either a boiler, a solar panel or a heat pump will heat water that is then pumped through the heat distribution system via pipes under the floor. The system will then gently release heat into the home. Water temperatures are generally heated between 40°C and 60° … read more
How to Make Your Home Eco Friendly

How to Make Your Home Eco Friendly

Posted by Builder-talk Ecobob on 28th Dec 2020

When you decide to sell your home, all the upgrades you've made will mean more money for your next home. Home Appraising Group, home appraisers in Philadelphia, says, You can save money on your energy bills while increasing the value of your home. … read more
Daikin Air Purifer Product Review

Daikin Air Purifer Product Review

Posted by Ecobob on 22nd Dec 2020

Air purifiers, they have been around for sometime now and while some swear by them, others disregard them as junk. Personally, I suffer from multiple allergies, a full blown Millhouse if you will. So when the win … read more
What is a Sustainable House?

What is a Sustainable House?

Posted by Builder-talk on 18th Dec 2020

Selected Features of a Sustainable House Conservatory for winter heating with shade blinds for summer heat control (passive solar design) Generous eaves to the north to minimize sun penetration during summer (passive solar design) Concrete wall to provide thermal mass … read more
eHaus - Redefining the Way we Live

eHaus - Redefining the Way we Live

Posted by Builder-talk Ecobob on 15th Dec 2020

Every eHaus is designed and constructed using the International Passive House design software. Measured proven performance to live by for a healthy, comfortable, all year round lifestyle. Using Passive House Principles … read more