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Masonry Stove Nearly Finished

Posted on February 10, 2010 at 16:32 0 Comments

Sampsa's masonry stove is nearly finished! Albie came from Maine Wood Heat in the USA to teach us about how to make these Finnish style wood burners. The firebox is designed for complete combustion of flue gasses, and storing heat in the bricks for 8-12 hours. One or two firings a day… Continue

Finnish Masonry Stove Course, February 5th to February 12th, 2010

Posted on January 22, 2010 at 17:30 1 Comment

Finnish Masonry Stove Course

Central Otago Polytechnic

Place: Clyde, Central Otago New Zealand

Time: February 5th to February 12th, 2010

Teachers: Albie Barden – Professional Mason from USA

Participants: Approximately 8. Fee approx. 1200 NZD. Food included. Does not include accommondation.

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CommendationsCommended for Vision: The Plant Room for revitalizing Wellington inner city apartments with a bolt-on garden room; Waikato for SIP panel design and backyard sleepout; Whareuku for low-co…

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Commended for Vision: The Plant Room for revitalizing Wellington inner city apartments with a bolt-on garden room; Waikato for SIP panel design and backyard sleepout; Whareuku for low-cost housing for rural north island; BACH 101 on Rangitoto Island for only retrofitting what was needed; Ecocrib for considering products that work in concert with the homeowners to make using less energy and water fun and easy;…


The Plant Room Renderings

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The Plant Room has submitted some renderings of their ambitious inner-city apartment… Continue

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At 17:04 on June 29, 2008, Sarah Johnston said…
Hi Tim,
It's Sarah Johnston from the Otago team...I'm hoping you can let me know how I can attach documents and pics to this blog...I tried, but have not had any luck! Any guidance would be appreciated! Many THANKS!
Cheers, Sarah
At 17:27 on November 10, 2009, Kararaina Penehira said…
Thanks Tim, its a really awsome site.... i hope i can make some good contacts...and keep up with whats happening. I am really interested in what can be done for communities in terms of sustainable healthy and affordable housing, and for myself too! Im still a renter in the burbs of west auckland, mainly due to work committments.....but have got some land with friends out in bethells beach and im getting interested in building a whareuku or some type of earthbuild whare....i looked at the team video from auckland maybe i will get some more info through these contacts about doing this...?
At 20:32 on March 11, 2010, Mark Wren said…
Thanks Tim. Just starting to investigate builders. May look closer at Kyle Byers of who appear interested in sustainable housing. Have a couple of houses in Chch of his to look at. We would probably find a suitable builder for for our house first and then go for designers/archetects after that. We are interested in some earth construction and as yet to find any houses constructed using earth around here. We have some photos of the building site if you are interested.
At 10:46 on March 22, 2010, Min Hall said…
Hi Tim - To answer your query on my profile. I am an architect and have designed a number of straw bale and earth buildings over the years. Currently I have left full time practice in Nelson and am entering a period of research - through VUW - and teaching part time at Unitec School of Architecture.
At 21:12 on March 22, 2010, Mark Wren said…
These are 2 photos of the building site giving an idea of the narrown ridge and the elevated aspect. One gives an aspect of a stream whech borders the ridge.

At 16:50 on May 7, 2010, Murphy O'Neal said…
Thanks Tim
At 20:34 on May 7, 2010, Nicola Jackson said…
Thank you for the invite Tim. I will be arriving in New Zealand on 25th May and was hoping to attend the SB10 conference. I will be working for 3 months as an Architect in Wellington on sustainable residential design before I return to complete the final year of my Masters Degree in Architecture in the UK, where I will be specialising in Zero-Carbon Housing. Great to see all the inspiring work you have been involved with here.
At 12:42 on June 1, 2010, Tony Fitzpatrick said…
Hi Tim, Thanks for that. I am currently working on a project which will see us converting an old church into a preschool in Seddon (Marlborough). I am chairman of the committee and also own a couple of my own preschools, so this could possibly be a good project, although we are looking at getting things moving in the very near future.
At 18:03 on June 1, 2010, Min Hall said…
Hi Tim - yes I do know Dave Strachan and Rau Hoskins and will contact them. Sorry not to meet up at the sb10 conference but I did manage to hear the end of Chris Naylor's presentation.
At 9:24 on July 30, 2010, Panapa Ehau said…
chur bro
looking at a whareraupo beginning of next year some time
workinng with the whanau at the mo to suss it

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