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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]

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]

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]

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 ... [Read more]

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]

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 ... [Read more]

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]

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. Adrian and his family recently moved in ... [Read more]

What's a great way to build a house quickly, with nearly zero waste and at a reasonable price? Prefab of course! And Metrapanel is a prefab solution created and produced right here in New Zealand since 1994. The original company was started in 1994 by Melissa Savage's father, Les Wykes. The current company has been ... [Read more]

Paul Blais is an amazing guy. For a few years he's run a successful electrical contracting firm designing and wiring custom lighting, security and sound systems. It was good to chat to Paul about developments in fluorescent and LED lighting technology. What Paul is most passionate about though, is success and how to achieve dreams. ... [Read more]

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