Matthew Cutler-Welsh: Sustainable housing expert and host of Home Style Green
Matthew Cutler-Welsh: Sustainable housing expert and host of Home Style Green

A sustainable home should be…

  • Ergonomic – comfortable and healthy for people
  • Economical – cost effective to buy and to operate
  • Ecological – good for the planet

My name is Matthew Cutler-Welsh. My mission is to help people create better buildings by building better.

Ever since listening to my first podcasts while running to work, I’ve wanted to create a podcast about living in a healthy and sustainable environment.

About Me

I was born in Taunton, Somerset U.K. Somerset is know for cheddar cheese and cider. I like cheese and cider.

I great up in Adelaide, capital of the driest state on the driest continent on Earth (apart from Antartica). As well as cider, I’m quite partial to a good red wine and I hate wasting water.

My Dad was a very talented motor mechanic, back when garages actually fixed things rather then just replacing parts. My Mum has a PhD and teaches geography. I combined the two and studied Natural Resources Engineering.

I moved to New Zealand for a year in 1998 to study Outdoor Recreation and Leadership. 18 years later, I’m still here having lived in Timaru, Anakiwa (Outward Bound), Christchurch and now Auckland with my lovely Canadian born wife and three kiwi children.

In March 2017 I turned 40 and I still don’t really know what I want to do when I grow up. I do know that I enjoy learning and teaching about technologies that can help us live better and improve our buildings.

Can I help you?


If there’s something about the building process that you’re worried about, want more information about, or just want a friendly perspective on, I’d love to hear from you. Feel free to contact me.

Designers and Builders

You have a very important role to play in making a better place to live.

If you’re a sustainable designer or green builder and think you should be on this list, I’d love to hear from you and promote what you do.

Product Suppliers

People can’t create better places to live without better products. I’m interested in…

  • Insulation products
  • Ventilation systems
  • Heating systems
  • Building wraps and vapour barriers
  • Low VOC paints and finishes
  • Solar power technology
  • Efficient lighting
  • Home automation
  • Sustainably sourced materials
  • Recycled and sustainably grown timber
  • Rainwater harvesting and storage
  • Battery technology
  • And more…

If you have a product that could genuinely help people to make a better home, please get in touch. I like to highlight materials and products that I believe in, on the podcast.

  • Hi Matthew

    Hoping to make direct contact with you on LinkedIn.

    I’m a key source for LinkedIn contacts in New Zealand.
    Over 11400 LinkedIn connections.
    Special interests in business networking and sustainability.
    I would appreciate a direct link to your network.

    John S Veitch
    The Network Ambassador
    Kiwi Scrum (2943+ NZ members)
    Christchurch Business Networking Group
    03 352-8372

  • Matthew. so when are you in Christchurch and where will interested parties meet?. I have some questions and would like to be involved in some way. I’m on 17 week research project into smarter housing. I really think smaller clever, housing is the way forward (for some anyway) and will challenge the status quo in the building industry. Not for Profit Building Company? Can it be done?


    • Matthew Cutler-Welsh

      Thanks for your message. Look forward to meeting up.

    • Phil,
      Just reading the blog and noticed your comment.
      Have you considered Self Build – like in the UK?
      My parents did a Self-Build in the UK (20yrs ago) – it was not for profit, 32 houses and an amazing way to get a home that was previously un affordable.
      I talk about the Self-Build my parents did in my blog…www.dreamhomerealbudget.com

      Thanks Tina

  • We should set up a time to chat in the near future!


    • Matthew Cutler-Welsh

      Trish, that sounds good. Where are you based?

  • Phil McLean

    I have been been doing some research into panelized products and talking to manufacturers. I have developed a ‘smart’ design which allows a house to ‘stretch and grow’ with flexible internal space including loft space. Such a design was made possible by new materials including SIPs. I am wanting to post an ‘open source’ design online for anyone to use which will help many people get started in housing.
    The point of doing this is to reduce costs. I would like the specification to be on-line so anybody could take the design and use it to build a very efficient aesthetically pleasing low cost house with scope. It would also be worthwhile to aim for a ‘multi-proof’ status.
    Interested in helping?

  • Phil McLean

    Happy to meet and share ideas Trish.


  • Phil McLean

    Sure Trish, we could share ideas over a coffee in town. What is your background and interest in housing and which area of town (I’m assuming CHCH) do you live?


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  • Phil McLean

    Yes Tina, there is scope for owner build in New Zealand. Some of the kitset designs lend themselves better to this. In the design I’m working on, the initial envelope is built by accredited builders, over time the loft space is developed with owner contribution or sub-consent work. This saves cost and adds space and value. A mixed approach.
    Thanks for the interest. SHAC Dunedin is all about sub-consent and owner build. Imagine the day when you could get the panels you need from Bunnings and assemble them with a socket set – it won’t happen overnight but it could happen.

  • Matthew Cutler-Welsh

    Looking forward to chatting with you about your research Phil so others can hear it on the podcast. Stay tuned everyone!

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