Saving money on that product and spending it on better windows, for instance, will equate to a better thermal outcome and a more comfortable home for the same budget.

With that, the fear comes in around cost. I still have a lot of issues with my body that I'm trying to overcome but at the end of the day it's keep… Join over 20,000 of your peers and colleagues by signing up for our weekly digest and receive our best projects, news and trends straight to your inbox. Sian Taylor, Brighton. Does green housing equate to healthy housing? Stub pages can be easily expanded by doing research on the topic and editing the page. • “SIPs are a great product because when you install them, immediately airtightness goes up and you’ve got insulation, but it doesn’t actually make much difference if you’ve got a north-facing house with lots of glazing.

We can influence something from the bottom up, but obviously regulations need to change.”, But, architecture is still a game of give and take when it comes to client wants and needs.
“Windows, for example, are always the most expensive, so it’s often the biggest discussion we have with clients. Similarly, Kiwis are also asking where we go from here.

Sian Taylor is an actress, known for Ben & Holly's Little Kingdom (2009), Peppa Pig (2004) and Divergence Eve (2003).

2 of 5. “We know that it has to come from both sides. “The first thing is to give all the architects who’ve signed up the knowledge, and then hopefully that influences a shift in the industry,” Siân says, recognising the role that government regulation will increasingly need to play. Sian notes that swapping in thermally-efficient glazing is one of the biggest things architects can do to minimise energy use in homes, as Team Green has done in their Oliver’s Ridge house (seen here). How can the industry work towards sustainability when clients still call for concrete houses and slash budgets down to the bone? Today, the letter has 102 signatures from firms across the country.

Public Event, Auckland, Opinion: The disappearing plan and section. Copyright © 2020 AGM A Division of BCI New Zealand. “The New Zealand-style aluminium window frame is such a big source of the need to either cool our buildings or heat our buildings. “Another thing that we’ve put on the list starting points for everyone is energy modelling.” Energy modelling software – like EcoDesigner for ArchiCAD, SketchUp’s Sefaira or the Passive House Planning Package (PHPP) – can be used to run cost/benefit analyses on swapping out products and systems that are more energy-efficient.
When asked what she thinks is the biggest barrier for architects in New Zealand when trying to embrace sustainability, Siân says, “My gut feeling is that lack of knowledge is the number one thing.

But, I’ve seen a massive shift from when I first arrived in New Zealand 14 years ago, so I am really positive.”.

The third guideline is to avoid toxic materials. Last year, this conviction led her to start up New Zealand’s Architects Declare movement along with Wanganui architect Duncan Sinclair. 101 likes. It goes from being an emotional decision to a logic-based one.”, As another example, through energy modelling, Siân has learned that, in certain cases using structurally insulated panels (SIPs) for a home doesn’t change the thermal equation much.

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