Energy efficient home or really good greenwash?

Energy Efficient Home Te Toka

It takes more than energy efficient appliances and low-flow taps to create a truly efficient home. Just because your home meets Building Code doesn’t mean it will be warm and efficient all year round. We take a look at the difference between greenwash and genuine thermal performance.

DCD Awards recognised in National News outlet Stuff

Following on from our huge success at the New Zealand Master Builders 2021 Awards, we have been featured in an article on Southern Supreme House of the Year features schist quarried on site. There’s plenty to love about this multi award-winning house outside Queenstown, built by DCD, winner of Master Builders Southern Supreme House […]

DCD homes feature in the Otago Daily Times

Buildings win national accolades. Following our big wins in this year’s National Master Builder House of the Year Awards, we have been lucky to feature in a glowing article by our regional newspaper, the Otago Daily Times. As the articles explains: Along with the supreme award, DCD Ltd won the Southern house of the year […]

Passive House Explained in 90 Seconds

DCD specialise in the building of Passive Homes – but what does that actually mean? A Passive House is a house that has been designed to use as little energy as possible to keep the occupants warm, comfortable and thereby healthy. As a result, Passive Houses are typically about 90% more efficient than regular houses […]

DCD Celebrates 5 Years of Building Better Homes

DCD marked its fifth year in business by inviting past clients and industry colleagues to celebrate at Attiqa in Queenstown on the 7th of September. It was a sophisticated evening of Mediterranean tapas and cocktails, including the signature DCD made of champagne, mango puree and served with an edible flower.

The effect of a home’s design and building materials on structure

Property Professional MagazineAutumn 2019Feature article by Dennis Dowling Behind all the beauty of a home lies potentially the most important part of residential construction, and one that is often relegated to last place. This article looks at how a home’s design and building materials affect its structure, particularly over time. The structure of a building […]

“Eco-Wonderous Homestead”, Mountain Scene, 14 February, 2019

The Mountain Scene (Feb 14, 2019) reports on DCD’s passive house in Queenstown. Phillip Chandler reports on high-performing features that work together to create a near Passive House that evokes Turn-of-the-Century farming estates. The full article can be read here. The New Zealand Herald ran the article (with added images) on 18 February and can […]

DCD Wins Gold at Nationals!

DCD entered two completed residential projects into the Masterbuilder’s House of the Year, 2018 and won Gold for both. The Dalefield home, known as The Entertainer’s Delight and designed by David Stringer Architects, won top honours as Category Winner in the $1 – 2 million residences.