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Prefabrication, high performance homes, indoor air quality, Homestar, sustainable concrete and airtightness are just some of the topics presented at this year's Eco Design Advisor (EDA) Conference in Wellington, May 1st - 2nd. Some fortuitous free time allowed me to attend this small conference once again. And once again, I was impressed. Eight councils across ... [Read more]

I usually interview designers and builders about what's going on overseas, with a focus on what the New Zealand industry could learn from them. In this episode, I speak with Damon Gray and Andrew Chapman of NZ Builders. They've turned this idea on it's head and have taken some NZ techniques to British Columbia, with ... [Read more]

It's tempting to say that Prefab's time has come, but I don't think this does justice to prefabricated building. As Pamela Bell has explained previously on the Home Style Green Podcast, Prefab is not new. But the enthusiasm shown during this week's PrefabNZ CoLab event here in Auckland suggest that prefab will play an increasingly ... [Read more]

In the town of Invermere, about 3 hours west of Calgary in British Columbia, there's a workshop where high performance, energy efficient homes are constructed all year round, regardless of the weather. The workshop is home to Collective Carpentry, a small but inspiring building company doing great things. When first got in touch, I immediately ... [Read more]

  Who's the most influential person in a real estate development? The architect, the owner, the builder...? What about the developer? Real estate developers are often seen as the bad guys, out to make a bunch of money without really caring about the quality of homes or lifestyles resulting from their work. Steve Glenn's philosophy ... [Read more]

As a founding member of PassivHaus Maine, I should have guessed that Chris Corson would be pretty passionate about why and how we should build better homes. A quick look at EcoCor's website suggests they are a good place to start for achieving a practical solution to a sustainable home. I caught up with Chris to talk ... [Read more]

If you've listened to more than a few episodes of the Home Style Green podcast, you'll notice that I like to start with why? My favourite first question to designers and architects is 'why do you what you do'? Glen Murdoch is a Passive House designer and innovator, based in Christchurch. He's been a designer ... [Read more]

I'm always on the lookout for building professionals who are focussed on sustainable design and construction, so when Ian McHugh popped up in my LinkedIn and Twitter networks, I was keen to get in touch. Ian's specialisations include Code for Sustainable Homes Assessor, and 'Eco-Refurbisher'. I want to know how good designers and architects can do more ... [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]

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