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The surprising benefits of thermal modelling and why you need it on your new home design

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  Thermal modelling has become an indispensable tool in the design and construction of new homes, especially in New Zealand.

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Thermal Bridging and Condensation: Addressing the Hidden Issues in Modern Homes

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Look at the photograph above. It was taken around 9am on a frosty winter morning in Christchurch.

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The Energy Efficiency and Health Debate: Building New vs. Buying Existing Homes

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When deciding whether to build a new home or purchase an existing one, numerous factors come into play.

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Building a Better Home: How the Homestar V5 Design Guide helps you

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IntroductionThe Homestar V5 Design Guide is an essential resource for designers, homeowners and builders committed to creating healthier, more energy-efficient, and sustainable homes in New Zealand.

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Formance Home Video Tour

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  Join us for a video tour showing one of our latest projects: A stunning Platinum Homes showhome in Paerata Rise, Auckland! Check out the features that make it a high-performance home, like…

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Homeowners Guide to the Best New Home Design Process

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So you have land and probably a pretty good idea of the type of home you want to build.

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Choosing the Right Site for Your New Home

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Landing on the Right Site for Your New HomeBuilding your dream home can be as challenging as it is rewarding.

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Exploring Advanced Building Technologies (ABT) in New Zealand

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The construction industry is continuously evolving, driven by the need for more efficient, sustainable, and cost-effective building solutions.

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Installing a Gas Fire in an Airtight Home: Expert Advice for SIP and Passive Homes

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Installing a Gas Fire in an Airtight Home: Expert AdviceIncorporating a gas fire into an airtight home, such as those built to passive house standards, presents unique challenges and considerations.

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The Importance of Mechanical Ventilation in Airtight Homes

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The Importance of Mechanical Ventilation in Airtight HomesIn the quest for energy efficiency and sustainability, airtightness is rapidly gaining attention for it’s many benefits and the difference it makes to…

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SIP Acronyms

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  Confused by SIPs, EPS, and GRP? This blog decodes SIP acronyms and more! We'll explore SIPs (insulated panels), delve into EPS & GRP (insulation options), and explain OSB (structural wood),…

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Understanding the Cost of SIPs in New Zealand: Benefits, Savings, and Key Considerations

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  How much do SIPs cost?The most common question of all when it comes to SIPs is how much do they cost? Usually compared to traditional timber framing.

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