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.

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

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 be read here.

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.

How different is a thermally efficient home?

Heating Performance Snapshot: Code Compliant Construction vs Thermally Efficient The first snow day of the 2015 winter season offered us a brilliant opportunity to gauge how warm our latest near-passive house really was after achieving an outstanding blower door test result the previous November. Although it was -3C and snowing hard outside, everyone inside was toasty warm […]

Where do I start when building a warm home?

The importance of working from the inside to the outside Bear in mind that you cannot ‘build your way out of bad design’ – so what materials do you need to consider at the design stage in order to build a strong, warm and healthy home? In the order of importance I encourage home-owners to […]

What building materials should I use?

Make informed decisions It sometimes feels like new products are coming into the building market every day, promising solutions that are dryer, faster, cheaper and just plain better. For many experts in the building industry – whether they are passive house designers or building scientists – trying to work out what products should be incorporated […]

Factors to Consider About Your New Home Site and Position for the Sun

What to consider at design stage Building in Queenstown, and Wanaka, presents some additional considerations. Where enjoying the views and the sunshine make a huge difference to the functionality and aesthetics of a room, it’s therefore important when working with your architect or designer to identify and propose a design to take into account the site’s amenities. At […]

Local Media Cover DCD Presentations at ONE Summit on Sustainable Practice

Crux.org.nz sent Kerrie Waterworth to cover the ONE Summit Tiny Talks on Building Better in Wanaka. She explores the reasons why NZ needs to improve its residential construction and reports on the presentations given by DCD’s Dennis Dowling and Annabelle Numaguchi and Proclima’s Simon Gibbons. To read the full article, click on https://crux.org.nz/community/why-do-we-still-build-the-wrong-houses/