Cohousing: What’s it all about?

I’ve had an interest in cohousing for many years – both as a personal interest and a professional interest as an architect. Cohousing is a fantastic model of housing that is socially, environmentally and financially sustainable. I followed the progress of Springhill Cohousing in Stroud as the group developed and the buildings appeared. A few years later I joined Architype (UK), the architects for the project. I became very familiar with the project and on occasion, I even took prospective clients around Springhill. An introduction to Cohousing On Friday the 28th of July, I attended an introduction to cohousing in Wellington City Library. It was presented by Robin Allison, one of… Read More

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For High-Performance (Passive House), Insulation must be… what?

For High-Performance (Passive House), Insulation must be… Continuous To get a warmer, high-performance home, the first thing people think of is increasing the amount of insulation. Thicker insulation than Building Code minimum is important. However, did you know that insulation must also be continuous to be truly effective? Gaps in insulation are like gaps in your ski suit when you’re on the slopes. Cold comes in and your heat goes out. And, like a lovely cosy ski suit, the thing with thicker insulation is that heat goes out gaps even faster because you’re warmer inside. In addition to the discomfort and higher bills, the trouble with heat leaving your home… Read More

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Passive House at Home & Interiors 2017

If you are planning to build it is important you research all the aspects of buying land, designing a home, choosing fittings and finishes, getting building consent and finally getting your home built. It takes a lot of time and there is a lot to learn. One way to learn about many of these aspects is to visit a home show. The trouble is, many home shows are a wide-ranging mixture of ‘lifestyle’ products and services and it can be tiring and difficult to find relevant information and help. Home & Interiors is different. Home & Interiors is focused exclusively on homeowners looking for upmarket inspiration and solid advice for every step… Read More

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