International Passive House Open Days

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Harley Builders are excited to announce we will have a Passive House (yet to be certified) open to view in Christchurch. Come along and take advantage of the opportunity to talk to the Homeowners about their Passive House experience. Date: 10 November Time: 10-2pm Register your interest at:

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The future of waste disposal

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This machine does something great with your leftovers – The future of waste disposal. Zero turns your waste food into fertilizer, simply throw your food scraps in the recycle… Harley builders we provide a no-obligation, free consultation service to help you get the project you want. Contact us today

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Passive Solar Design Principles


In passive solar building design, windows, walls, and floors are made to collect, store, and distribute solar energy in the form of heat in the winter and reject solar heat in the summer. This is called passive solar design because, unlike active solar heating systems, it does not involve the use of mechanical and electrical …

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Indoor air quality in New Zealand

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We under estimate how poor air in our homes can affect our health adversely. When planning your new home build, make it a priority to ensure your home will be healthy for you and your family! Most urban dwellers spend around 90% of their time indoors (Kostinen et al., 2008) either at home, work or …

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Upgrade Your Thermal Envelope

Thermal Envelope

How to Upgrade Your Thermal Envelope Above the Building Code Some good advice here – we agree you should invest as much as you can to upgrade the thermal envelope of your new-build. Put in as much insulation as you can, and invest in the best windows you can afford. When you’re designing a new …

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Considering building a new home


If you are considering building a new home this year – this is a must-read! Buildings should be designed to use energy efficiently, and to cope with the stresses arising from a changing climate. Buildings are indirectly responsible for around 20% of New Zealand’s energy-related greenhouse gas emissions, contributing to climate change. These emissions mostly …

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House of the Year Award 2016

Award winning Passive house built by Harley Builders

Harley Builders are proud to announce we have won the Sustainable Lifestyle Award and a Silver Medal at the recent Registered Master Builders Canterbury House of the Year Competition – Category – Carters $1 million – $2 million.  The build was for Canterbury’s first ever Certified Passive House. This Fendalton home officially maintains a constant air temperature …

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Buildnz Canterbury Trade Show 2016

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Buildnz/designex- Canterbury Trade Show 2016 Buildnz/designex is the leading trade event for the Building & Construction Industry with a solid reputation for bringing building professionals and construction industry innovators together to share ideas, showcase the latest products, and develop business relationships. buildnz/designex saves you time and money, delivering an incredible variety of new products and …

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