Restoration of Ironside House

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Harley Builders are proud to have been involved in the restoration of Ironside House after the earthquakes. Pleased to see the owners got a Heritage award. Heritage Retention Award: Winner – Ironside House Entrant: H&H Developments Judge Citation: The restoration of Ironside House has not just brought a prominent heritage building back to life but …

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Christchurch eco house is passive


Andrew and Katy Marriott in their “passive house”. It doesn’t require heating or cooling. Climate change means New Zealanders have to get smarter about energy use. A Christchurch family have chipped in with a new home that’s airtight and requires almost no heating or cooling. WILL HARVIE reports. Remember that day just before Christmas when …

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Passive Housing catches on in Christchurch

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Harley Builders is building it’s first Certified Passive house in Fendalton and is keen to encourage interest in the energy-efficient housing option. Certified Passive Houses require both a design review ans post-construction testing to meet the international Passive House certification standard. Manager Glenn Harley says the key features include a heat recovery ventilation system,, well …

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Benefits of a Certified Passive House?


What are the benefits of a Certified Passive House? The benefits of choosing a Certified Passive House are significant: Knowing exactly what you get in the design stage: certainty of performance due to detailed modelling and a stringent quality assurance process Extremely low energy use: 90 – 95% less heating and cooling energy use, 60-80% …

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Restored to Glory


Ironside House, proudly shows that restoration on the heritage building is complete. High-profile chef Jonny Schwass’s latest culinary venture in Christchurch will offer a slice of history too. His new restaurant, Harlequin Public House, will soon open in Ironside House, a more than century-old building on the corner of Salisbury and Montreal streets. The building’s …

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Fendalton Passive House

Award winning Passive house built by Harley Builders

Andrew and Katy Marriott: Fendalton Passive House We moved to Christchurch post-quakes to help with the rebuild and ended up staying. We wanted our new home to be low-energy and chose to build a Passive House – a German technique that uses triple-glazed windows, extra thick walls, abundant insulation and other technologies to create an airtight …

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Governors Bay Straw Bale House


Darren and Alice Good – Governors Bay Straw Bale House Harley Builders were recommended to us for our 190m2 architectural multilevel hillside new build. From our first meeting Glenn and his team have been fantastic to deal with, clear straightforward communication and a well organised approach to our build, always with plenty of good humour! Glenn was …

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