Australian high rise buildings need to lift their game by using triple glazed windows


Australian high rise buildings are inefficient.  They do not run efficiently.  They are not comfortable enough.  They waste energy.  They contribute to climate change.  

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People are blown away by Superpod’s green buildings

Superpod’s green buildings are comfortable.

We’ve just been looking at the reviews for one of our Superpod® real green buildings that people have been staying in for a couple of years now. 

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Heat transfer, climate change and frypans

Why talk about frypans?  The effect of heat, and heat transfer, is a key to our future.  What does our future look like? 

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High Quality Design from PodMarket to Passivhaus

High Quality Design.  What does it mean?  How do you achieve it?

One of the reasons for the successful ongoing collaboration between Harry Strouzas and Fiona McKenzie, is that we both think attention to detail is crucial for success, and necessary for a design to be high quality.

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Why our 9+ Star Superpod® House Barely Reaches 7 NatHERS Stars

Why our 9+ Star Superpod® House Barely Reaches 7 NatHERS Stars.

This is the street frontage of an old house, showing a Superpod® house extension going up soon (peeking out from behind) in an old established part of Melbourne, Victoria, Australia.

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Just Who Is Fiona McKenzie?

A feature article about our founding director, Fiona McKenzie, which partly explains her training, expertise and passion for rigorous and creative thinking.

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Lowering our carbon emissions need not require electric cars

We have all read some interesting articles on electric cars as part of a solution to climate change and reducing our carbon emissions.

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Sealed containers are generally good, but open when you wish (passive house)

Many things need to be sealed. Like a passive house. Like icecream. When we want to control an environment to protect something, or to keep it stable, or to keep it fresh, we generally need to seal it.

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How is a Washing Machine Like a Building?

Check out our latest Sourceable article here:

How is a Washing Machine Like a Building?

Washing machines are supposed to work.  

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Sun, surf… Elrond Burrell passive house blog

 Australia: Sun, sand, surf, … and passivhaus?  (Check out this link)

So goes the title of Elrond Burrell’s latest blog.  Elrond is a world leading blogger, architect, and passive house expert. 

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Is sex better in a Superpod passive house?

We’ve been having a lot of fun lately.


Some online journalism.  Check it out if you are into design, architecture, building, engineering, thermal efficiency, prefab, modular, and maybe just common sense.

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Sustainable design doesn’t equal icing on bad cakes

Since winning our Good Design Award, I have been reflecting more and more on what makes a good design.

My Dad bought a book years ago on good design.  

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Superpod® receives 2015 Good Design Award®

From the Superpod® Good Design Award® Media Release:

The Superpod® has been recognised with a coveted Good Design Award®. The Good Design Awards is Australia’s oldest and most prestigious award for excellence in design and innovation.

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Superpod innovation wins Good Design Award

Superpod® wins Good Design Award!  This is fantastic news.  An international team of expert judges, after an independent, rigorous assessment, called our entry a “Standout”.  

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Why we like Austral Plywood sustainable timbers – modernism and green come together

The Superpod® design is innovative for a number of reasons.  Our ethos is modernist: “Form follows Function”, without unnecessary decoration. A number of leading architects and designers deliberately followed this philosophy such as Mies Van Der Rohe and Le Corbusier.

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Steel is sustainable

People seem to assume that a sustainable building has to look like something out of a commune in the 70s.  Not so.

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Our First Ebook – 10 mistakes to avoid in your next building

Our Ebook is now here!  Click here to buy from Amazon with one click.

Actually we have a series planned – if you want to keep informed get onto our newsletter list:


Why are we so keen to avoid these mistakes?  

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Are passive house buildings relevant in Australia?

A lot of people say, what is passive house?  What is the passive house standard?

Then they say, oh, that’s relevant to Germany, not to Australia.

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New Australian report on the Science of Climate Change

A great new Australian report on climate change has been issued in February 2015!

It’s released by the Australian Academy of Science and is a fantastic presentation – just what readers like, with photos and colourful graphs.

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Comfort and less power combine

A Superpod® building is designed for comfort, and uses way less power to give you a better way of living.  How so?

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Green from the get-go

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Superpod® passive house system

A steel-intensive building envelope has brought to life the first modular building system in Australia that complies with the International Passive House Standard, with energy efficiency thoroughly integral to the design right from its conception, that could ultimately help to open the door to greater contribution of steelwork in major construction projects seeking more sustainable outcomes.

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Superpod® on International Passive House Day – Climate Change is on our agenda

Superpod® is excited to be hosting an open house for International Passive House Day on Sunday 9 November, 2014. The Superpod® podhouse® in Wonthaggi will be open from 10 am to 2 pm.

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Passive House Down Under

Ireland (and the world) brings the Passive House Standard to Melbourne Australia – and Australia brings a new Passive House concept to the world!

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Do you know what a thermal bridge is?

Connection between steel posts and concrete slabs

You may have seen our recent Facebook post called “Do you know what a thermal bridge is?”.

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“Passive House Down Under” – Event on 17 September 2014 – where worlds collide

An exciting event on 17 September 2014 represents the collision, or perhaps converging, of several worlds which have never met before.

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What makes a building frame beautiful?

Steel frames and modernism

Beauty in buildings comes in many forms. At Superpod®, we believe that to achieve true beauty in architecture, the form should follow the function.

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