Learn more about Passivhaus design and construct, and how you can have bushfire homes that are sustainable and affordable.
Andy Marlow and Dick Clarke, from Envirotecture, share more.
Envirotecture are specialists in sustainable design, Passivhaus design and construct, and creating fantastic solutions for all types of homes, including bushfire homes.
This episode is Part 2 of my conversation with Andy Marlow and Dick Clarke from Envirotecture. You can listen to Part 1 here.
In this episode, we’re talking about Passive House, and specifically discussing the opportunity it provides to protect your indoor air quality.
The bushfires and smoke pollution that many areas in Australia suffered from really tested the air filtration capacity of the Passive House system.
We’ll also be talking about the active systems you can use to create better fire protection for your home.
And we’ll be talking about Andy and Dick’s other business, Passive House Design and Construct, and what it offers for those wanting to manage budget and sustainability whilst creating a passive house certified home.
In this episode, I ask Andy and Dick questions such as:
- How Passive House offers opportunities for protection of indoor air quality and what your thoughts are generally on this around your projects.
- Where do you suggest people start in their rebuilding efforts in assessing what their next steps are?
- And the strategies that they use to think about what they’re going to build back?
- For those wanting to rebuild as Passivhaus, how would you recommend that they start that process and that journey so that they’re making the right choices from the get go?
- How do you see Passivhaus Design and Construct helping people?
- And what are your goals and your objectives for that business overall in terms of how you see it working to help homeowners all over Australia?
At Envirotecture they will help you create the family home you have always envisioned. A home that works well, feels good, is kind to the environment, culturally appropriate and reduces energy and running costs.
Envirotecture regularly collaborates with different kinds of builders to achieve good results on restricted budgets.
Andy and Dick are both Directors of Envirotecture, which is based in Sydney, NSW.
Dick Clarke is principal of Envirotecture, is an Accredited Building Designer with over 35 years experience, focusing exclusively on ecologically sustainable and culturally appropriate buildings, as well as sustainable design in vehicles and vessels, and has received many Design Awards.
Dick has a plethora of accolades and roles he has contributed in the industry over his career. He has been design director of many hundreds of projects over 35 years, with sustainability as the major driver over that whole period (with the ever-changing understanding of what sustainability is).
He is often called on for expert comment on sustainable design and, due to his experience as a rural firefighter, bushfire resilient design as well.
Andy Marlow is a Director at Envirotecture, holds both Bachelors and Masters degrees in Architecture, is a certified Passive House Designer and has extensive experience in sustainable design at a variety of scales.
Andy is currently a Board Member of the Australian Passive House Association, and he speaks regularly at conferences and events.
And recently, they started a new business, Passivhaus Design and Construct.
Frustrated by the big challenge many experience in their new home journey – that is, creating a sustainably designed home that can be delivered on budget, they decided to marry together the design and construction in a total delivery model.
Currently NSW based, with plans to extend over Australia, Passivhaus Design and Construct delivers complete quality, cost effective design and build solutions. They design healthy, comfortable homes built to work efficiently from the day you move in and for decades into the future.
You’ll enjoy cost certainty, quality design, an excellent build and a certified passive house… because it’s their passion to make homes that are better for everyone.
So, let’s hear more from Andy Marlow and Dick Clarke now.
LISTEN TO THE EPISODE NOW. AND CATCH UP ON PART 1 HERE.
RESOURCES MENTIONED IN THIS PODCAST:
Passivhaus Design and Construct
Articles researched and mentioned in the interview
Window of opportunity: Costing the benefits of bushfire design
Bushfires and how to negate them
On the drawing board: Analysis of a bushfire loss
Hempcrete House 2 – Mudgee
Bushfires: Canberra smoke blamed for 31 deaths this summer
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