Andrew Michler

Born and raised in Oakland, California Andrew found his way to a pine forest in the Colorado Rockies where he has lived off grid for 20 years. He is a LEED AP BD+C and Certified Passive House consultant. Blending his long time experience in design/construction, art, and sustainable building research into the written word he began exploring contemporary buildings for the environmental design website Inhabitat, eVolo Magazine and other publications in 2010 and recently published the book [ours] Hyperlocalization of Architecture. His work has also led him to investigate Passive House to explore the deeper meaning of low impact architecture and completed the first certified Passive House in Colorado which is also foam free. His wide ranging exploration of design and environmental impact has led him all over the world, stepping to the edges of contemporary environmental architecture, and to come to terms with the enormous effect we have with our built environment. He lives with his wife and artist Jennie Kiessling. His consulting company baosol works with industry and groups in integrating cutting edge sustainable construction practices and outreach.

Passive house taking off in the South Pacific, conference hears

Passive house indeed works everywhere was the core message at the second annual South Pacific Passive House Conference, writes Andrew Michler. The conference was held in Melbourne on 12-13 February. While just a handful of passive houses have been completed in Australia so far, a sizable contingent from New Zealand came to the conference armed with multiple examples of how even warm climate buildings benefit from the energy savings, comfort and critically the health of a passive house. With a major spike in asthma from damp and mouldy homes, the principles such as airtightness, controlled air exchange, and thermal bridge free design are finally being accepted as the best solution in this part of the world. 

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