Coming Home To Warmth

As part of a passive solar design that utilises the following element. concrete delivers outstanding performance.

THERMAL MASS. Use heavyweight materials (mass) to soak up heat from the sun and release it slowly into the house when temperatures drop. 

INSULATE. Use insulation to slow heat flow in and out of the house, and in turn reduce the need for heating in winter and cooling in summer.

GLAZE. Use double glazing to bring in the sun's heat and to reduce its loss.

ORIENTATION. Position the house so that north-facing glass optimises solar gain. 

“It just seems ridiculous to have all these cold houses in New Zealand when we should use all this free energy that comes from the sun. It’s got to have a mechanism that can hold it and then release it later. Wooden houses don’t do that. Concrete does."

Roger Buck, Architect.

Case Study Film - Madams' Home


How can an innovative approach to concrete improve life for a busy family? The Madams family purchased their home in Churton Park, and discovered the advantages of concrete homes.

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Case Study Film - Cabbage Tree Vineyard


David Bull of the Cabbage Tree Vineyard says timber couldn’t deliver what he and wife Winifred were looking for in their ambitious building project in Martinborough.

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