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There are many urban myths surrounding passive solar design and sustainable architecture, especially with regard to insulation, glazing and thermal mass.  There is no simple formula to define the ideal relationship between the three, instead each design needs to be specifically analysed.  This is where Keith Huntington can, using AccuRateNZ and his experience, provide an objective measure of the proposed design, and suggest improvements that are practical and buildable. 

To quote the foreword to New Zealand Standard NZS 4218:2009 -  "In the New Zealand climate, good passive solar design incorporating appropriate areas of glazing and thermal mass, combined with a well-insulated thermal envelope, can significantly reduce the energy requirements to heat and cool buildings."

Building have a long life, and while much of the building's secondary fabric can be changed and up-graded, there are aspects such as underslab insulation, orientation and thermal mass that cannot be, or only with much difficulty and expense.  If proper exploration and consideration is given to alternatives and options at the design stage, then long-term economic value can be maintained and enhanced.

Keith Huntington's architectural career began with a Ministry of Works scholarship and post-graduate employment in both Head and District Office until registration at which time he went to England for three years, returning to TSE Group and then to Toomath Wilson Irvine Anderson Ltd and subsequently as a director of Toomath Irvine Huntington Ltd. Most of Keith's career has been involved with 'User' Clients rather than 'Developer' Clients.

FORENSIC ARCHITECTURAL INVESTIGATIONS:  Keith's architectural experience enables him to investigate building problem and suggest possible remedies.  He is able to provide independent and unbaised professional comment and advice as he is not associatted with specific product suppliers or manufacturers.

EXPERT EVIDENCE: With an extensive background in architecture Keith has been engaged to investigate and report on matters associated with building disputes, and to prepare expert evidence for legal actions.  He has been engaged by both individuals and organisations, including the Dept of Building & Housing.

Under the new Auckland City Unitary Plan, as notified on 30th September 2013, any development of 5 or more dwellings is required to achieve a Homestar™ 6-Star rating, or equivalent.  Passive design plays a big part in gaining compliance.  Homestar™ goes well beyond just the thermal aspects of a home; including energy generation, water collection & usage, materials, accessibility, food production, community connection, etc.

Resource Management Act - Independent Commissioner. Keith is included on the Ministry for the Enviroment's list of "Making Good Decisions Certificate Holders: Non Local Body Elected Members".  Keith's experience as an architect, and in dispute resolution processes, is appropriate for the role of a RMA Independent Commissioner.

CONTACT DETAILS: Please feel free to contact Keith for his C.V. and summary of experience.    tel:  04 499-3015     mble:  021 890 251     e-mail: keith@settlement.co.nz

Keith Huntington - B.Arch, Dip.Urb.Val, Dip Bus.Stud(Disp.Res), FNZIA, FAMINZ(Med), LEADR Registered Architect (RAB# 1372) and NZGBC Homestar™ Practitioner & Assessor (reg# 6868)