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Kia ora koutou, In honour of Te Wiki o Te Reo Māori, I had a chat to Kiharoa Milroy  (Tūhoe and Ngāti Whakaue) about the gifting of our Te Reo name – Te Tōpūtanga o te Whare Korou ki Aotearoa – earlier this year. Kiharoa explained that he was approached by a member of the board … Continue reading Whare Korou – Te Wiki o Te Reo Māori

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We were very pleased to have Dr Jess Berentson-Shaw from The Workshop keynote at SPPHC19 (video and slides available here – it is highly recommended watching before making use of the checklist below) Subsequently, PHINZ has worked with Dr Jess Berentson-Shaw to develop a checklist for our members. It is intended to help you advocate … Continue reading How to Talk About Passive House

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PHINZ, Te Tōpūtanga o te Whare Korou ki Aotearoa, the Passive House Institute New Zealand welcomes the government announcement on Thursday (30/07/20) of a planned $500 million investment into the Kāinga Ora – Homes and Communities Retrofit Programme. The good news is this housing for our most vulnerable people will be made warmer, drier, better … Continue reading Passive House would be a wise investment for $500 million spend on housing retrofits

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Amy Tankard, CEO of PHINZ was interviewed on RNZ Nine To Noon on the 9th of July, alongside Alex Baker from Kāinga Ora and Emma Osmundsen from Exeter City Living. There is a good write up of the interview on the RNZ site here including the audio. You can also listen below. With calls for … Continue reading Should our social housing be Passive House?

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After the “High-performance buildings at scale” event, Emma Osmundsen of Exeter City Living kindly shared a short video with us. It is a conversation taking place between some of the Keir Construction team on the construction site of the St Loyes Extra Care Facility for Exeter City Council. More about the project on the website … Continue reading What do builders think about constructing a Passive House building?

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At our High-performance Buildings at Scale event, there was a Question & Answer session with Chris Higgins (Green Building Planner for the City of Vancouver), Emma Osmundsen (Managing Director Exeter City Living Ltd.) Hosted by Kara Rosemeier (PHINZ) with special guest Alex Baker (Sustainability Programme Manager at Kāinga Ora) We have made the transcript available on the download page. (Direct link to download … Continue reading High-performance at scale: Q&A

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Chris Higgins, Green Building Planner for the City of Vancouver, recently participated in a “High-performance buildings at scale” panel discussion hosted by PHINZ. Key strategies he shared: Show leadership in City projects Catalyze voluntary champions Build capacity in expertise, supply, and construction Set Green House Gas emission limits Chris has very kindly made his presentation slides … Continue reading High-performance at scale: lessons from Vancouver

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On Friday the 20th of March 2020, the PHINZ board gathered online with Kiharoa Milroy (Tūhoe and Ngāti Whakaue) for a small ceremony to accept the gift of a Te Reo Māori name for our organisation: Te Tōpūtanga o te Whare Korou ki Aotearoa. It was a touching ceremony and the board was very grateful to … Continue reading Te Tōpūtanga o te Whare Korou ki Aotearoa

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