Developing Affordable Passive Houses
A new house in a Melbourne suburban street has demonstrated that affordable Passive House construction looks within reach in Australia.
NatHERS Fails to Capture the Benefits of Earth Homes
Nothing more clearly points to the failure of Australia’s residential energy efficiency policy and rating scheme than what we witnessed in the summer of 2016/17.
What’s Going on with U Values?
Have you been wondering how U values for windows are calculated, and why different suppliers and different countries seem to use different numbers?
Earth Building – Modern Sustainable Architecture in Advanced Economies
All buildings should be affordable, safe, healthy, sustainable, comfortable and desirable, and unfired earth as a building material achieves these basic benchmarks.
Why NatHERS is not an Assessment of Comfort
Energy modelling software can create its share of frustration, none more so than that used for assessing dwellings against Section J of the National Construction Code...
Building Code: An Important (Thermal) Bridge to Span
The Australian Building Codes Board (ABCB) recently confirmed that they’re undertaking a process for developing Section J 2019.
Why Are Politicians Confused About the South Australian Blackout?
There was a blackout in September in South Australia. It was a disaster. It could have been worse.
Finally, an Energy Rating System for Window Coverings
WincovER is the world’s first energy rating scheme for window coverings, and it's very necessary in a market with plenty of conflicting information.