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Three years ago, John Donovan built a demonstration log house on his property in Waitakere, Auckland. The images in a recent newspaper article caught my attention, as did the mention of 'eco' and 'efficient'. So I tracked John down to get his thoughts on sustainable building with logs. And we talked about pyramids... John is a well ... [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]

Duncan Firth feels 'compelled' to do what he does - designing environmentally functional homes. He's very conscious of humans taking more than giving from our environment and he sees the potential for architecture to be a positive influence in correcting this balance. Many architects (and people writing about houses) talk about buildings that 'respond to their ... [Read more]

Something a little different this week. I've had some excellent questions sitting in my inbox for a while and I thought that many could benefit from them. Here's just a sample. Got similar questions? Please get in touch and if I can't help, we'll put the word out to find someone who can. Got a ... [Read more]

I've been following Jo Wood's and Shay Brazier's Zero Energy House project for nearly three years and I'm very excited to have them both on the show to share some of the details of their design and inspiration. I wanted to cut the chase and find out what makes this house so good. What are ... [Read more]

Prefab houses have so much to offer. So why are we not doing more of it here in New Zealand, right now? This week, I spoke with CEO of PrefabNZ, Pamela Bell to discuss this very issue. For many New Zealanders, the reason why there's resistance to prefab is in the name. More specifically the memories ... [Read more]

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