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Living sustainably - eco friendly house

Home Details

Land Area
400 m2 m2
Building area
165 m2 m2
Year built
3 bedroom(s), 2 bathroom(s)

1. Passive solar design - thermal mass (concrete floors in combination with appropriate glazing) storing the winter sun during daytime and releasing radiant warmth at night

2. double glazing along southern and eastern parts of the house

3. Insulation above Building Code requirements

4. Triple combustion burner for energy efficiency of 85 – 90%

5. Solar water heating panels on roof

6. Use of plantation-grown local hardwood timbers, such as eucalyptus saligna, for decks and bamboo for flooring

7. Low- or non-toxic building materials and paints

8. Use of non-allergenic building materials

9. Breathable walls and natural ventilation

10. Rainwater collection for non-potable and garden use

This house was designed by:

Johann Bernhardt
Dipl Ing (Arch), PhD (Urban Des)
Cert. Building Biology and Ecology
Colleague NZIA
ph/fax 09 – 376 6767

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