Tagged: house

First Light House Third in USA - The Science of Architecture

Ken Collins Oct 03, 2011

A few months back I wrote about the First Light House that was too have competed at the Solar Decathlon in Washington DC. The First Light House team in front of their house in Washington DC (Credit: Stefano Paltera/U.S. Department of Energy Solar Decathlon) As a quick refresher, the US Department of Energy web site summarises the competition … Read More

First Light on Energy Efficient Bach - The Science of Architecture

Ken Collins Jun 10, 2011

A computer render of the First Light House, from the FirstLight web site Its not often that Wellington City Council allows a bach (crib to you southerners) to be built at Frank Kitts Park on Wellington’s waterfront. However, before Waterfront Watch get too alarmed, this construction was the live demonstration / test of the First Light house, developed and built … Read More

How Building Standards Have Changed - The Science of Architecture

Ken Collins Oct 04, 2010

With the recent events in Canterbury and Invercargill it looks like the building standards in NZ will again come under close scrutiny. The suitability of our standards is a valid question and response, especially when our knowledge has recently been increased by the Earthquake and the collapse of the Invercargill sports stadium roof. The first design standards for earthquake loadings … Read More

Intelligent Buildings? - The Science of Architecture

Ken Collins Jul 12, 2010

Modern buildings have a lot of technology that goes into them. From the development of the products they are built from, to the systems that allow us to live, work, and play in them. The rate of technology uptake into our new buildings is surging up every year, especially when it comes to entertainment systems and power control. However one … Read More