Author: Frans Kamermans

HOUSES THAT HEAT AND COOL THEMSELVES – NATURALLY – EPISODE 3

Our previous blogs (Episodes 1 & 2) tells how Kamermans Architects has been successfully applying Passive Solar Design for more than three decades. It shows a 3-bedroom townhouse (my own) as well as a working farm house. This blog tells you about the Takanini Family Service Centre we designed 9 years ago. Although it is not a ‘house’ in the traditional sense of the word, it is still a 'community house’ that heats and cools itself, naturally. Our brief was to design a low...

HOUSES THAT HEAT AND COOL THEMSELVES – NATURALLY – EPISODE 2

Our previous blog tells how Kamermans Architects has been successfully applying Passive Solar Design for more than three decades. It shows a cross section diagram of a two storey 3 bedroom townhouse (my own) on a 350 m2 urban site. Today client of ours tells you about their single storey, North Waikato, farm house, we designed for them 15 years ago; Our beautiful home in North Waikato was a joy to live in and work from, in so many ways. Cool (but...

HOUSES THAT HEAT AND COOL THEMSELVES – NATURALLY – EPISODE 1

This is what Kamermans Architects has successfully been designing for more than three decades. It is generally known as Passive Solar Design. These houses are naturally comfortable, healthy, affordable and do not need any auxiliary heating or mechanical ventilation/cooling to meet minimum World Health Organisation thermal performance standards. It doesn’t need to cost more than conventional design and is fully compliant with the NZ Building Code (BC) The four principles behind the Passive Solar Design are deceptively simple (refer attached diagram): 1...