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House of the Year Award 2016

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 – with no heating or cooling required. That means extremely low power bills and very little impact on the planet – despite a generous 347sqm footprint.

Equipped with solar panels and an inverter, this home works hard while its residents relax.   A true power house, it sends any excess energy to the grid. Further eco-friendly features include hand-blown insulation, wide walls, energy-efficient windows and ventilation systems for clean, controlled air.

Winning this Quality Mark award is a significant achievement for us here at Harley Builders.  The award was given to this house because it demonstrated that sustainable building practices and energy efficiency was a significant consideration in the design process, and was incorporated with regard to the lifestyle of the client and sitting of the house.

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The Award was made on overall sustainability, energy efficiency and amenity taking into account difficulty of some products over others under the following headings –

Design/Dwelling Performance

Is the scale of the house sustainable in terms of its intended use:

Airflow and ventilation, design to combat overheating, control of sun and light

Effluent and storm water management, water saving, water heating

Heating efficiency, passive storage & thermal breaks

Other forms of electric generation

Product Selection

Insulation rating and glazing

Energy efficient lighting

Sustainable / recycled materials

Application and Workmanship

Quality of application and installation, attention to detail

Recycling waste material

Future Planning

The entries in each category are judged by the same judges across New Zealand. This ensures consistency throughout the country. The property is judged against a scorecard of 2000 points (1300 Workmanship and 700 Design, Style and Functionality) and we scored 82.5% of the available points.  This clearly represents an extremely high standard of building!

We would like to acknowledge

Pro Clima NZ Ltd
Wright Wire Electrical
CARTERS
Brewer Davidson Architecture and Design
Michael Henry Plumbing

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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 services to keep you up-to-date with the latest technologies across home automation, joinery, hardware, cladding, flooring, insulation, lighting, roofing, spouting, timber and everything else you need in the trade.

The show is on from Thursday 4 August to Saturday 6 August and Glenn Harley from Harley Builders will be hosting a Question and Answer session from 10 – 11.30am on the Thursday and Saturday.  Then on Saturday he will be joining Bob Burnett – Bob Burnett Architecture from 1-3.30pm for a combined Q & A session on building Energy Efficient homes in Canterbury.

Glenn will be on the Pro clima NZ stand (110E)  where his Q & A sessions will be aimed at answering questions,  and he will share his extensive knowledge and experience as the builder of Canterbury’s first Certified Passive House.

Pro clima’s airtightness and weathertightness building system, in combination with effective insulation and appropriate ventilation, creates an energy efficient, low allergen emitting, comfortable, healthy home or place of business.  Their patented system also ensures the long term effectiveness of the insulation and the structural durability of the building by protecting it from moisture damage, thereby making sure your healthy, energy efficient and eco friendly environment remains that way for many years in the future.

Harley Builders have recently won a Silver medal and the Sustainable Lifestyle Award at the Registered Master Builders House of the Year competition for building Canterbury’s first-ever Certified Passive House.  This Fendalton home officially maintains a constant air temperature of between 20 and 25 degrees celsius – with no heating or cooling required. That means extremely low power bills and very little impact on the planet – despite a generous 347sqm footprint.

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Passive Housing catches on in Christchurch

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 insulated wall and an airtight structure. The structure maintains indoor air temperatures of around 22 degrees year round.

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Benefits of a Certified Passive House?

What are the benefits of a Certified Passive House?

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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% overall energy savings compared to a NZ Building Code compliant building

High quality indoor air: Controlled ventilation for a continuous, consistent supply of fresh, heated, outdoor air

Comfortable indoor temperatures: A minimum of 20ºC all year-round, resulting in a dry, warm, healthy building

Operational and construction savings: Vastly reduced energy bills; elimination of conventional HVAC systems; much smaller solar systems required to reach zero energy; durable, tight building shell for lower maintenance

Proven sustainability: 60,000+ buildings worldwide, some zero and even positive energy. 25 year track record.

Helping the earth: With buildings contributing 30% of all greenhouse gases, Passive Houses are exponentially friendlier to the environment because of their minimal energy & fossil fuel consumption.

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Fendalton Passive House

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 and energy-efficient building. The result is a constant temperature — winter and summer, day and night — of 20-odd degrees.

Our electrician recommended we approach Glenn of Harley Builders because of his workmanship.

Of the 6 builders we interviewed we chose Glenn. We got on very well with him and were pleased his price came in the lowest.

We happily recommend Harley Builders to others. Here are some of the reasons why:

Glenn had a very ‘can do’ attitude. We hadn’t decided on the windows upfront and were pleased that Glenn was open to variations.

Glenn was proactive by saying ‘this is going to work’ or ‘I think there is a better way we can do this’. So there was no rework as Glenn and his foreman John – who was excellent – saw the problems before they arose.

We did make some changes to the plans along the way. John and Glenn made the decision-making process easy as they were quietly supportive in the background. Glenn was very accommodating and great in getting tradesmen onto that work very quickly.

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Passive House is a relatively new way of building and some of the plan details needed resolving. Glenn worked through the process to a point where everybody was happy going forward. There are always challenges around the builder – owner – architect triangle.  The relationship just got better and better. Which doesn’t always happen that way around!

A Passive House needs to be airtight and a first test failed on the manufacturing process of a window, something out of Glenn’s control. It highlighted that Glenn’s workmanship was outstanding, that the whole process was managed expertly by him, and that he is an excellent verbal communicator.

We were keen to move into the house as soon as possible as we were living in a pretty substandard rental, but Glenn was adamant that we could not move in until such time as he had got it to an appropriate point. We were disappointed but in hindsight realised that was the best decision not to move in early and really respect Glenn for that.

Our son is a carpenter in Hamilton and came on moving day whilst the builders were still working on-site. He commented that the atmosphere was unusual as it felt like a family and that it was a happy building site.
We were always made to feel welcome on-site and the team respected our values by not swearing and cussing and keeping the music volume turned down.  Prior to open homes for friends and families Glenn’s team would clean up the site on a Friday night.

Any build can be stressful but Harley Builders ensured that the process was manageable and to a certain extent enjoyable.

Our home has functioned very well.  Just prior to Christmas it was 36 degrees outside and 23 degrees inside without the use of an air-conditioner or heat-pump in reverse as we don’t have either.

Glenn has a positive ‘can do’ attitude so along with his faultless workmanship he and his team were the perfect choice to build our dream Passive House. Throughout the process great communication, exceptional problem-solving skills and a clean and tidy worksite were key.