Sian Taylor was one of the first certified Passive House designers in New Zealand and has played a pivotal role in Passive House adoption there. She first trained as an architect in the United Kingdom, at the University of Wales in Cardiff. She currently lives in Otago, where she started her practice, Team Green Architects. Her architectural practice has helped show a pathway for fusing high-performance building with design excellence and has helped raise the profile of Passive House design and construction in New Zealand.
In this episode of the Passive House Podcast, Sian joins cohost Matthew Cutler-Welsh to discuss how Passive House design has become integral to her work as an architect. The conversation takes us through Sian’s design process, the role that window quality plays in determining a home’s performance, airtightness testing, and more. Listen to the full episode about Sian Taylor’s approach below or on your favorite podcast platform.
After the interview with Sian, Mathew and cohost Zack Semke discuss upcoming Passive House events—find them here. And see this profile of Team Green Architects’ striking Oliver’s Ridge project. Finally, don’t miss Sian’s Passive House Open Days video from Summer of 2020, featuring the design of her own home.
Cohost Matthew Cutler-Welsh catches up with Anton Dobrevski, founder of the Passive House School.
Dennis Wedlick is a pioneer in Passive House design in the United States, harnessing Passive House design and construction to tackle energy poverty.
Brett joins Matthew to discuss his entree to Passive House and his academic work examining the interplay of Passive House and structural engineering.
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