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Passive Solar Down Under, the Te Kauwhata House

Passive Solar Down Under, the Te Kauwhata House

The Solarei Architecture firm based in New Zealand, is building sleek, efficient passive solar homes that integrate natural ventilation to help cool and heat the building, while respecting the surrounding environment by building sustainably. Based out of New Zealand and Bangkok, Thailand, Solarei is a young architecture firm building an impressive portfolio of passive solar [...]

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The Ultimate Net-Zero Beach House: The Kiwi Bach

The Ultimate Net-Zero Beach House: The Kiwi Bach

Called ‘”First Light” and lovingly referred to a “Bach” – pronounced (batch), the beach house won the Engineering and Energy Balance contests and clenched a podium finish as 3rd overall.

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First Light, from the University of Wellington (NZ)

UPDATE:  The Decathlon has taken place since the review of the model was written below.  See the First Light in the 2011 Solar Decathlon.  The team from Wellington U. won the Engineering and Energy Balance contests and clenched a podium finish as 3rd overall.  Not bad for their first Solar Decathlon effort. – The University [...]

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