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Earthsong Eco-Neighbourhood

by Matthew Cutler-Welsh on April 23, 2014

It was a privilege to talk with Robin Allison about her journey of creating and growing Earthsong Eco-Neighbourhood. Robin turned to architecture as a choice of profession because she saw how powerful and important good architecture can be. I find this incredibly inspiring, and I’m not even an architect (although this thought makes me seriously […]

Ground Source Heat Pumps

by Matthew Cutler-Welsh on April 3, 2014

What other form of heating provides a coefficient of performance, around 5 – 7? That’s the promise of ground source heat pump technology. Last week I spoke to Senior Hydrogeologist at Geoscience Consulting, Huw Williams about this amazing technology. We discussed if it’s suitable for houses in New Zealand and why Huw is so interested […]

Zero Energy House

March 21, 2014
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I’ve been following Jo Wood’s and Shay Brazier’s Zero Energy House project for nearly three years and I’m very excited to have them both on the show to share some of the details of their design and inspiration. Characteristics of a Good Home I wanted to cut the chase and find out what makes this […]

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EcoBuild 2014 Ben Adam-Smith’s Learning from Year 1

March 14, 2014
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Ben Adam-Smith first appeared on Home Style Green back in episode 17, almost a year ago. After this, I was inspired and motivated by what Ben is doing and wanted to stay in touch. So I did. Now he’s back to share his learning from year 1. Ben and I have chatted nearly every week […]

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EcoFest 2014

March 4, 2014
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Louisa Chase is the Project Manager for EcoFest 2014. The festival runs from March 15th through to April 13th and has everything from films, to gardening and composting seminars, eco-house tours and even a sustainable fashion show. From Native Plants to ‘Nana Technology’ Kaipatiki started 15 years ago with one person planting some native trees […]

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Starting a Home Renovation

February 28, 2014
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Adrian Feasey has worked as a solar consultant and is establishing himself now as a home performance consultant. New Zealand definitely needs more home performance consultants to help improve the standard of our houses. And raising the standard of his own home is one of Adrian’s current projects. A Weatherboard Villa in Birkdale Adrian and […]

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Collaborative Construction

February 19, 2014
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James L. Salmon is the President of Collaborative Construction, an organisation he created to encourage a better way of building. After spending much of his legal career helping sort out disputes between building owners, contractors and suppliers, James is convinced there’s a much better way of organising, communicating and conducting the design, procurement and building processes.  […]

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Building a Better New Zealand

February 13, 2014
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It’s been recognised that a ‘successful and innovative’ building industry is very important to New Zealand. Defining and achieving this amidst the backdrop of a Christchurch rebuild and 40% population growth in Auckland, is the subject of the Building a Better New Zealand conference. The Building a Better New Zealand Conference will take place on 3rd – […]

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What is the IDEAL House

February 2, 2014
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Murray and Lee Ann Durbin are on a mission to build the ‘IDEAL House‘. So what exactly is the IDEAL House? I featured this Beachlands home recently in my post on Good Homes and have also been tracking it through the 8 Homestar rating that was achieved through the work of Matt Wilson from S3 […]

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What is Good Home Improvement?

January 19, 2014
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Good home improvement doesn’t have to be just about energy or water efficiency. This is something I struggled with when selecting this year’s DIY project for Dad and me. I feel very fortunate to have a Dad who’s a great handyman and ‘fixer’. I’m also grateful for all the time I spent in Dad’s shed […]

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