Building a Better Way
I am currently leading a UCOL project to design and build a cost-effective, sustainable house that demonstrates energy and health benefits compared to a code standard build.
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The Little House That Could (TLHTC) is a model for whole community sustainability education based on eco-renovation and permaculture food production. It engages school children from the earliest grades all the way through senior citizens with local, tangible, affordable and realistic approaches to ecological, economic and social sustainability. The programme emphasizes ecological literacy, thermodynamic literacy and financial literacy.
At the primary school level, teachers…Continue
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The other project just started, is a retrofit affordable eco habitat (RAEH project) - we are building a 60m2 apartment under my pole house using all recycled and natural materials (like pallets, rammed earth tyres, carpet as lath for earth plaster, adobe internal walls, earth floors on recycled polystyrene packaging sheets. Etc. The Raeh will be off grid with lighting via a solar panel/12v battery, cooking via biogas from a biodigester, heating via passive solar design, greywater recycling…Continue
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Best I get cracking with our entry... PLEASE READ ALL COMMENTS FOR THE FULL STORY, THANKS.
we have an eco cabin just completed which is built from 90% recycled waste materials (IE Garbage) that meets all the performance requirements of the NZ building code (I maintain - as an LBP). The timber frame is all wooden pallets, the lining is old wool carpet facing hessian side out and painted with discarded paint. All roofing and cladding is second hand corrugated iron from a 1920's bungalow…Continue
My partner and I are interested in building a sustainable home in Christchurch.
We would like to at least meet, or team up (possibly even to form a community project)
with people to share information, find ways to reduce costs and resources,…Continue
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Not until the 1950’s with the wide spread development of roads, global infrastructure ,fossil fuel distribution, and industrialisation were we able to turn our backs on the sun and wind as providers of light, heat and air for the houses and buildings we occupy. As a consequence, in just a few decades we have experienced an exponential growth in consumption of natural resources, production of pollution and waste. Fortunately, for New Zealand 60% of energy required to run our country comes…Continue
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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;…
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