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Healthy Homes Design Guide Launch Party Recording

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Date: 22/01/2021

Healthy Homes Design Guide Launch Party Recording

On 27 November 2020 we launched our Healthy Homes Design Guide with a small gathering at Superhome HQ and webinar watch-parties across the country.  

View the webinar recording here.

The Healthy Homes Design Guide has had input from over 70 professionals across New Zealand, working together to improve New Zealand’s housing quality. With many of New Zealand’s homes being cold, damp, and mouldy it certainly needs improving.

NZ’s building standards are over 20 years behind, and it is making us sick. We have one of the highest rates of asthma death in high-income countries*. Asthma New Zealand, a supporter of the guide, says that 87% of their patients live in housing unfit for human habitation.

The Superhome Movement’s focus is education through open source sharing of new ideas, technologies and techniques to improve the design and construction of all homes. The purpose of the Healthy Home Design Guide is to provide a step-change pathway to help designers bridge the gap between standard code-compliant dwellings and the solutions required to achieve International Best Practice. It provides recommendations for Healthy, Resilient, Low Carbon Homes that are simple to achieve and don’t require an arduous and costly rating or certification process.

*Asthma NZ

11:45am - Watch parties open for attendees
12:05pm - Welcome (MC Matthew Cutler-Welsh)
12:10pm - Process that got the guide off the ground; introduction to the guide and purpose (Damien McGill)
12:20pm -  Why healthy homes are so important to Asthma NZ (Katheren Leitner).
12:27pm - The importance of Universal Design (Henry McTavish)
12:34pm - Why airtightness and ventilation are so critical (Richard Hollard)
12:41pm - The importance of acoustic comfort (Warren Clarke)
12:48pm -  The importance of ongoing measurement and monitoring to create a feedback loop for improving future designs. (Brandon Van Blerk)
12:55pm - Closing comments (MC Matthew Cutler-Welsh)