Bob Burnett Architecture was recently featured on Seven Sharp discussing energy costs and solar power. Bob talked about optimal ways to integrate solar to harness the sun’s energy for best efficiency and cost savings.
You can view this clip at TVNZ OnDemand / Seven Sharp / Clips / Does new technology mean solar power is now the answer to rising power prices?
Bob Burnett’s Award winning eco-home at Barry’s Bay has been featured on Architecture Now and the Spring 2018 edition of Houses Magazine. This high-performance home featured in an article called The Eco-ethical House: Part Two which focussed on natural materials, processes and products for creating more eco-friendly homes. https://architecturenow.co.nz/articles/the-eco-ethical-house-part-two/
Bob Burnett has won the Sustainability Superstar Award at the 2017 NZI Sustainable Business Network Awards held in Auckland on 30 November.
The NZI Sustainable Business Network Awards are New Zealand’s longest-standing sustainability awards. Now in their 15th year, they recognise and celebrate success in sustainability.
The Sustainability Superstar Award, sponsored by Westpac, celebrates a person who inspires and leads others to make a difference. It is presented to someone who has gone above and beyond to bring about sustainability change, either within their organisation or in the wider community.
The judges said “Bob is an ardent advocate for energy efficient and sustainable building design. He has shown tireless commitment for 20 years to create better places for the people of New Zealand”. “Having designed and funded the development of New Zealand’s first 10-star Homestar rated homes, he has busted the myth that green building is expensive. Having also founded the Superhome Movement, the judges were impressed with his selfless efforts to normalise energy efficient, sustainable homes through open source sharing of new technologies, design innovations and building techniques. He is a real influencer in the sector.”
Bob Burnett has urged the Government to make the NZ housing build target closer to the standard of houses in Europe, Japan and North America. Currently NZ has no targets for sustainability but other countries do. Eg. France 2020 ‘net zero energy’ Japan 2020 for commercial buildings and 2030 for homes etc.
“Building houses for New Zealander’s is a priority, but building to the low standards in the current building code is not going to work. Houses that are built to the standards similar to overseas nations are warmer, safer and healthier and needn’t cost much if anything more than current houses IF we adopt modern construction standards for the get go”, said Bob Burnett.
“Houses are required last at least 50 years so ones we build now will be there in 2068 and beyond. There is no excuse for building poor quality code minimum houses, harnessing future generations to a lifetime of massive power bill and health problems. The homes we build today will impact our children and grandchildren. We can easily build proper decent houses and its financially positive, so lets do it.”
Participants and guests welcome, invite industry professionals and clients too.
Introduction – Bob Burnett – the vision for the movement, new tools & resources
Presentations – Building Excellence Group
Discussion – Participation and future events including the Auckland Exemplar Homes Tour
5.30pm 20th June 2017
Venue – Building Excellence Group, 18 Customs Street East Auckland
(opposite Kiwi Bank branch. Downtown Auckland by Britomart train station. Delegates should make their way up the stairs to level 3 (top floor – lift doesn’t work). On level 3 head to end of corridor. Meeting located in the SBN (Sustainable Business Network) office. SBN carved into timber.
Food and Drinks are sponsored by Building Excellence Group
10 homestar Guided Tour first Saturday of the month at 11am sharp at 11 Church Square, Addington.
Learn about NZ’s 1st 10 homestar built home and the over 30 innovations not in typical homes www.10star.co.nz
Alternatively you could book a personal consultation another time with Bob via www.bbarc.com.
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Check out our latest advert on TradeMe; you can buy the land with concept plans for a Superhome or go the whole way and get the land and a 10 star superhome, built to your specifications.
Seven of Christchurch’s most innovative and sustainable homes will be opened to the public in May to encourage others to build smarter.
The free Exemplar Homes Tour will allow people to see inside a selection of homes built to showcase sustainable and affordable design.
People will be able to step inside homes that are among the greenest in New Zealand, homes that have no power bills, homes that collect rainwater, and homes that use solar energy to power their car. At each home people will be able to speak to the designer or builder and learn more about its special features.
The tour, which allows people to visit the homes in any order they want at any time between 11am and 4pm each weekend in May, has been organised by the Superhome Movement in partnership with Christchurch City Council.
“We want people to experience these homes for themselves, see the technology at work and help them to understand that it is possible to build better quality homes at little or no additional cost,” said Christchurch City Council Sustainability Principal Advisor Tony Moore.
“If people are thinking about building new homes we want them to be making informed choices and building healthy, sustainable homes. Hopefully a visit to these seven exemplar homes will help inspire them,” Mr Moore said.
Details of the seven homes that are part of the tour and a map showing their location can be found here.
We continue to ensure that Bob Burnett Architecture home owners have the best and most resilient structures for their homes.
The QuakeStar aim is to improve the management of earthquake risk in the residential and property industry by providing owners, tenants, users and the public a basic means to distinguish between buildings on the basis of assessed earthquake performance in terms of safety, damage and repair time.
Using the experience of the Canterbury earthquakes and working with like-minded groups offshore, a building rating system for earthquake performance has been developed. Insurers, builders and owners all benefit from a star rating which provides peace of mind by achieving better and safer buildings with reduced earthquake risk. Quake Star had the backing of the Earthquake Engineering Society and is supported by a range of experts.
Seismic assessments of existing buildings are much more complex than designing a new building. Assessment involves judgement calls for residents, owners, employers, staff and insurers. QuakeStar provides better appreciation of safety for levels of seismic events by rating the performance standards for buildings and houses. For homes this means safer building and also understanding how to limit the need for major repairs in smaller quakes. For businesses, employee and customer, lower insurance, quicker back in business and less worry.
Bob Burnett Architecture can provide a 1-5 QuakeStar ratings for their projects.
Campbell live interview Bob Burnett about New Zealands first 10 star home.