Energy Efficient Homes with Dean Buckeridge

Dean Buckeridge has been designing energy efficient homes for nearly two decades. Along with Russell Devlin, and now also Bob Burnett, I’ve regarded Dean for long time as one of the prominent house designers in Christchurch who has been leading the way in good, solar design. It was a privilege to talk with Dean and Read More …

Homes People Can Afford

We are not building enough homes people can afford. This was the focus of a workshop organised by He Kainga Oranga – The Housing and Health Research Programme, from the University of Otago in mid 2012. Since then,  Sarah Bierre, Professsor Philippa Howden-Chapman and Lisa Early have been busy compiling written contributions from a number of Read More …

EKOKIT Bring Attractive Affordable Energy Efficient Homes to the Market

Would you like a home that’s super energy and water efficient, non-toxic and also very attractive and affordable? Sound too good to be true? Well, that’s pretty much what Jamie Harrington and his team from Nelson produce. From Hybrid Homes to EKOKIT I’ve had the pleasure of Homestar assessing some of Jamie’s Hybrid Homes in Read More …

Rebuild and Renovate Christchurch

Amanda Magnus is the Exhibition Director for Exhibitions & Events New Zealand, and is responsible for organising the inaugural Rebuild and Renovate Christchurch Home Show. http://www.canterburyhomeshow.co.nz/index.htm The show, which is on from Friday 22nd – Sunday 24th March at CBS Canterbury Arena, is a response to huge demand in Christchurch for information about building a Read More …