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Mountain View Road Cottage, Dalefield - in progress

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June 25, 2019

Kelvin Heights Residences

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June 25, 2019

Kelvin Heights Residence - in progress

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June 25, 2019

Emerging Trends

I was recently at an incredible seminar which has changed my thinking on so many levels. But one of the talks which really captured my attention explained Emerging Trends. These trends affect us all and are the key to understanding how the world is changing. They are as follows: 1. Climate Change -Yes, we all know it’s happening. There are still those, (my dad included) who like to argue about why it’s happening, and that doesn’t really matter. It’s happening, it’s affecting us now, an...

May 28, 2019

Why do we live in cold houses?

As we draw closer to winter, with the clocks going back next weekend, have you ever wondered why it is that our houses are so cold? And have you also wondered why it is that we take it for granted that they will be cold, and we just have to suck it up??? New Zealand colonization largely occurred during the 19th Century. Homes were built out of timber to reflect the British style; with little understanding of the different thermal qualities of the stone and brick homes they had left behind. ...

April 2, 2019

Airtightness Explained

Airtight houses are a relatively new arrival in NZ, and their advent has created a number of myths and concerns, meaning that their many benefits are often misunderstood and overlooked. Airtight homes have been enjoyed in Europe for many years, with most European countries including minimum airtightness requirements within their building code, and several have mandatory. The benefits of an airtight house are: Lower energy bills due to lower heating and cooling requirements,through redu...

March 8, 2019

Solar Power – The Assumptions and the Payback

Being a “greeny” we plan to install Solar Photo voltaic panels on our soon-to-be-completed Passive House. The reasons: To do the right thing for the planet, To save us some $$To learn more about renewables, to better inform our Clients.  This has led to us researching the best options ...which has shown that many of my assumptions around using Solar PV power are not necessarily true. This is information I want to share. If anyone has a contradictory view, or information I don’t k...

February 26, 2019

Jack's Point Residence – in progress

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January 16, 2019

Riverview Terrace, Cromwell – in progress

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January 16, 2019

Renwick Residence & Winery – in progress

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January 16, 2019

Dalefield Residence – in progress

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January 15, 2019

The Comfort Equation: 10 Questions you need answered if you’re designing a new home...

Reduce your heating bill by 90% AND BE 100% more comfortable than your neighbour!...

December 18, 2018

Thermal comfort & healthy buildings

At Team Green Architects we are committed to ensuring energy efficiency for all our clients.  To us this means achieving better thermal comfort by using less energy. ‘Thermal comfort’ according to Wikipedia means: “the condition of mind that expresses satisfaction with the thermal environment”.To achieve thermal comfort you first need to avoid the many common causes as shown in our other post “thermal discomfort and unhealthy buildings".You also need to consider what we call ...

December 7, 2018

Home Style Green Podcast with Sian Taylor

"What does it mean to be a ‘green architect’? In this interview, Sian discusses how it’s easy to justify spending a bit more up front on the things that really matter. In some cases, houses designed by Team Green in Queenstown may require only as little as 10% of the heating cost of a regular (code compliant) house of the same size. This adds up to huge electricity savings right from year 1 of living in the home." LISTEN HERE...

November 22, 2018

Thermal discomfort & unhealthy buildings

New Zealand Homes are prone to many forms of Thermal Discomfort. Here are six issues nearly every New Zealander will have experienced thanks to problematic design, and six issues you won’t find with a Team Green Architects Passive House design:...

November 18, 2018

What kind of house will you get if you build to the New Zealand Building Code minimum?

The New Zealand Building Code (NZBC) is a document that provides the minimum standards of construction, to ensure your building lasts for 50 years, and is a safe environment in which to live (hopefully).Unfortunately many people see the NZBC as the standard to be reached for everything to be ok, when it is in fact a minimum standard that you cannot go below without breaking the law.Professionals working in the industry are aware that more often than not, this relatively low standard is not even ...

August 15, 2018

Fires: the good the bad the best!

Warmth, cosiness, hot chocolate, mulled wine, a comfy arm chair, a nice book……? The fireplace embodies a sense of home, a primeval focal point, a sense of safety. It’s one of fundamental differences between being human and being an animal. Who remembers King Louis in Jungle book singing I wannabe like you  “Give me the power of Man’s red flower so I can be like you”I get it....

August 15, 2018

Church Road Journey of Discovery with Team Green Architects

We are so excited to announce our TV Debut. A few months ago we were approached to be in this beautifully crafted documentary called Church Road Journey of Discovery. Within this series, Church Road Winemaker Chris Scott travels around New Zealand meeting artists and craftspeople. Siân and Mark feature in Episode 4, as the Architects searching for “Truth” in their craft....

July 30, 2018

Condensation – the compensation for cheap windows

When you bought your house, did you imagine looking through this at your incredible view? This photo was taken from our old home in Fernhill, Queenstown. I should be looking across Lake Wakatipu towards the mountains.This is the price we are expected to pay when we use metal joinery in underheated homes….and this is the part you can see…….what do you think is happening at the other dew points which you can’t see?Much of New Zealand housing stock has mould growing in the wa...

July 19, 2018

Threepwood Passive House - in progress

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June 22, 2018

Lake Hayes Residences - in progress

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June 19, 2018

Mt Pisa Residence - work in progress

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June 14, 2018

Kelvin Heights Residence - in progress

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June 8, 2018

Dalefield Guest House - 2015 Southern Architecture Awards Winner

This is a relaxed retreat for guests and a break-out zone from the formality and large scale of the primary residence. With its pared back simplicity of getting away from it all, the building has the character of a 5 Star DOC hut. Clever structures incorporating floating cantilevers and delicate cross bracing allow a simple play of well-proportioned forms carefully inserted into the landscape. Vertical cladding and slatted screens sit comfortably within the treed setting, while the horizontal st...

March 12, 2018

Form and function - Team Green Architects featured in MINDfood magazine

This stunning Queenstown property combines cutting-edge technology with traditional building elements, making it the perfect family home all year round.  Sitting on Slope Hill Road, in between Queenstown and Arrowtown, the home of Claire and Sam Hazledine and their two daughters is a dream come true. “You look out one window and you see Coronet Peak, look out another window to Cardrona, turn again and you see Wakatipu Basin. It’s a pretty special place,” says Claire. The family moved ...

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