Self-Help Housing

Self-help housing is not your typical DIY. I continually comment on the poor standard of the New Zealand housing stock, but we can’t ignore the fact that there are people in even worse housing situations. At least 1 billion of them in fact. Canopy Housing Project is a self-help housing organisation based in Leeds, U.K., creating decent homes by renovating derelict Read More …

Ecotech Homes

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 Read More …

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 Read More …

Green Building Design with 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. Architecture & Inspiration Jessica completed a Bachelor of Architecture from the University of Sheffield in the U.K. But it was Read More …

Our New Homecoach

Update: Check out Jennifer’s new website! Jennifer Crawford started posting to her Our New Home Coach Facebook page in March 2014. The aim of Our New Home Coach 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 Read More …

Earthsong Eco-Neighbourhood

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 Read More …

Starting a Home Renovation

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 Read More …