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Ecotech Homes

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Is it just me, or is there a lot more talk about prefabricated, affordable homes lately? Oh, and good quality ones too. This is what Ecotech Homes is all about and I caught up with their Major Project Director, Craig Nisbet just before he took off to Ghana to talk about, well... prefabricated, affordable, quality [...]

Affordable Housing


I've tried to avoid the issue of affordable housing. It's a term that gets used a lot and in all likelihood, the provision of affordable housing is going to be an election issue. I avoid it because it's often brought up as a negative issue. As a problem. But when someone such as Daiman Otto [...]

Green Building Design with Jessica Eyers

Jessica Eyers

Jessica Eyers is a passionate advocate for sustainable, green design. As I discovered during this interview, Jessica is also really interested in the science of green building and understanding what works and what doesn't work. Jessica completed a Bachelor of Architecture from the University of Sheffield in the U.K. But it was when visiting the amazing [...]

Our New Homecoach

Our New Homecoach

  Jennifer Crawford started posting to her Our New Homecoach Facebook page in March 2014. The aim of Our New Homecoach is to give people confidence in the house buying process and to help people make good decisions. I love this idea. I've had a suspicion for a while that home buyers may often end [...]

Black Pine Architects

Black Pine Architects

Duncan Sinclair is the founder of Black Pine Architects. His practice and his home are in Whanganui, but thanks to the internet, his work can be anywhere. It's About People Construction and architecture is technical work, but for Duncan it's ultimately about people. Good buildings should look after the people that occupy them. [Tweet "Good [...]

Box Living

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Dan Heyworth, General Manager of Box Living, is on a mission to improve the range and quality of houses available to New Zealanders. After returning to New Zealand from the UK a few years ago, Dan realised there are really only two main options for getting a house built, either going to a building company for [...]

Sustainable House Success Story

Sustainable House Success Story

Ron and Maureen's home is characterised by it's modest size, flexible layout and an edible garden. What might not be so obvious about this sustainable house success story, are the very low running costs and very high comfort levels year round. As Ron explained to me during our chat, visitors are often surprise at how 'normal' the [...]

Nudura Insulated Concrete Forms

Nudura Insulated Concrete Forms

Nudura is a type of Insulated Concrete Form (ICF). This particular flavour of ICF was created by Canadian former builder, Murray Snider, who is now President and CEO of Nudura. "The forms are interlocking modular units that are dry-stacked (without mortar) and filled with concrete." Wikipedia Like other types of ICF, Nudura Insulated Concrete Forms are basically like [...]

Sustainability Options

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Phil and Nik Gregg run Sustainability Options, an 'altruistic business' that aims to work for the benefit of others in their community. When I first had the pleasure of meeting the brothers last year, I was slightly confused and also inspired by their commitment to return 85% of their profits to charity and community in [...]

What’s the Value of a Rating for Your Home?

How much would you value a rating for your home? What if, just by getting that rating, your house become more valuable? Aside from the extra confidence you'll gain from having another professional look at your home, and of course, all the comfort and health benefits you're likely to get from having a 'good' home, [...]


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