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Eco Thrifty Renovation Revisited

It’s been over six years since we started the Eco Thrifty Renovation in Castlecliff, Whanganui. That seems like ages ago.

Here is a series of before and after shots, along with a little background on the design inspiration. 55 more words

Things We Do Know: Passive Solar

There’s nothing quite like blustery, cold and dreary weather to make a person slow down and do a little daydreaming – and I have found myself thinking a lot about our future house. 600 more words

Farmhouse Renovation

Warm Inside

The coldest night we’ve had in the passive house so far saw the outside temperature drop to -20ÂșC (and that’s before we take account of wind chill). 183 more words

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Heating and low temperature performance

We finally had the little Thermolec 2kW heating element installed in the HRV intake last week, just in time for a cold snap. This element is a bit like a toaster and heats the air coming into the HRV manifold that distributes heat around the house. 433 more words

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Light and Shade

The porch has made a huge difference to the lighting and temperature of the house, however it can’t do everything. After a day during which a reduced crew got most of the subflooring done upstairs, we were able to see how bright the evening sun is for just a couple of summer hours through the west windows. 79 more words

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Porch Construction 1

Alongside the HRV installation, the crew are also getting the porch (or ‘veranda’, for those back in Britain) built. The porch isn’t just for show or to give us a nice place to sit outside – although it will do that – it’s an essential part of the ecological design of the house. 222 more words

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