Thermally broken aluminium windows

Image of an alternative installation method to increase the thermal performance of windows, and increase the energy efficiency of your home

Careful detailing improves performance of thermally broken aluminium windows:   Windows play a big part in the overall thermal performance of your home, and it is becoming increasingly common for thermally broken aluminium window frames to be specified. What most people are unaware of, however, is that how these windows are installed will greatly affect […]

Certifying Energy Efficient Homes: Homestar

Homestar Assessor

We are members of the New Zealand Green Building Council, and Director Beth Chaney is a certified Practitioner and Assessor for the NZGBC Homestar rating scheme. Homestar is a comprehensive, independent rating tool that measures the health, warmth and efficiency of New Zealand homes. Ratings can be undertaken at both the ‘Design’ and ‘Built’ stages. […]

The Benefits of an Energy Efficient Home

Building a high performance, energy efficient home   With increasing awareness of the environmental impacts of building, along with rising construction and energy costs, there is a shifting trend towards building homes that are smaller & smarter. We endorse this thinking, and work closely with our clients to create homes that are functional, well designed, […]

Thermally Broken Slab & SIPs Preparation

Phenolic foam insulation as thermal break

Although the building code only requires the finished floor to be 225mm above finished ground level we decided that this new house should be raised up from the ground 400mm for several reasons.

Wanaka Energy Efficient SIPS House

We are well underway with the structure of a new energy efficient family home at 52 Dale Street in Alberttown. The house is for a typical Wanaka family of 4 with all the associated equipment that comes with a love of the outdoors whether this is at home, around Wanaka or further afield.