Electric powered 1972 Datsun 1200 gives drag-racing fraternity a shake-up.

Cool, just plain cool. This Taupo based car is great. And there’s hardly anything under the hood. Hope this will change the perception of some petrol heads…

Bright yellow, battery-powered 1972 Datsun 1200 gives V8 drag-racing fans a shake-up. There’s something strange about Tom Short’s little yellow Datsun 1200. It might be that it can clear a…

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BBE Certificate in Ecological Building and Design

Registrations are open for the online course:
BBE Certificate in Ecological Building and Design at http://bbe.org.nz/education

This online study programme covers the fundamental concepts of Ecological Building and Design. It is suitable as a complement to existing careers in building and design, or for those who wish to build or renovate. The course is designed to challenge and change the way we live and work in the world and nurture a respect for living in harmony with the natural environment.

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Government partnership kickstarts Wynyard Quarter’s push to be exemplar of sustainable city building | EECA: Energy Efficiency and Conservation Authority

Some great news. And an amazingly well done website for the Wynyard Quarter in Auckland. Maybe we will be getting a good waterfront after all…

A quest to make Wynyard Quarter an international exemplar for sustainable development has had a major boost today with the launch of an online tracking platform and a new Government partnership.The Wynyard Quarter Smart website captures and analyses multiple sets of data tied to ambitious sustainability targets for the area on building performance, climate change mitigation, resource efficiency, environmental quality, and transport.

Source: Government partnership kickstarts Wynyard Quarter’s push to be exemplar of sustainable city building | EECA: Energy Efficiency and Conservation Authority

How Much Room Do We Need To Supply The Entire World With Solar Electricity?

Very impressive map graphics as to how much desert space we’d need to supply world energy.


In 2009, the total global electricity consumption was 20,279,640 GWh. The sun creates more energy than that in one hour. The tricky part is collecting that energy and converting it into useful electricity with solar panels. How much area would need to be covered with solar panels in order to capture enough energy to meet global demand? Actually, it’s not as much as you’d think.

Source: How Much Room Do We Need To Supply The Entire World With Solar Electricity? | IFLScience

Press Kit | Tesla Motors

Some interesting stuff. I did not really know about some of their other products.

Tesla Wall
Tesla Wall

Tesla is not just an automotive company, it’s an energy innovation company. Tesla Energy is a critical step in this mission to enable zero emission power generation.With Tesla Energy, Tesla is amplifying its efforts to accelerate the move away from fossil fuels to a sustainable energy future with Tesla batteries, enabling homes, business, and utilities to store sustainable and renewable energy to manage power demand, provide backup power and increase grid resilience.Tesla is already working with utilities and other renewable power partners around the world to deploy storage on the grid to improve resiliency and cleanliness of the grid as a whole.

Source: Press Kit | Tesla Motors

Council and privacy

Now that we are extending our house and the boys are busy outside with foundations and framing, we get an increasing flood of targeted advertising and service offerings delivered into our letterbox. you wonder why that is, as the construction cannot be seen from the road – not at all. Also noticeable is that the way the address is written is exactly as per our building consent application. Continue reading

Take the Sustainable Whanau Challenge | Kaipatiki Project

Auckland households big or small can win big by taking small steps towards living better in the Sustainable Whanau Challenge.

Eco-festivals Ecofest North and Ecowest are throwing down the green gauntlet in this innovative online event, asking people to pick 4 easy eco-actions and sustain them around their home and garden for 3 weeks: 14 March-5 April 2015.

Signing up for the challenge is quick, free and easy by going to www.sustainablewhanauchallenge.com . Once registered, participants are sent this infographic:

Over three weeks people’s chosen actions, and their impacts, will be collected using online forms and social media.

via Take the Sustainable Whanau Challenge | Kaipatiki Project.

Solar Energy : This Is What A Disruptive Technology Looks Like

Imagine that solar energy was cheaper than any other energy source. Now imagine that this actually happened a few years ago.

I don’t know how accurate the research and logic behind the joulestandard is, however it seem to be making sense.

If correct, we can expect disruptions – and changes – in just a few years. Maybe this is why the oil price has come down – it simply had to in order to remain competitive. Interesting theory. Continue reading

* a term combined from the word "Environment" and the greek "logos" (word, reason, plan)