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.
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
I am hearing a lot about great sustainable buildings, however in 99% of all cases the articles fail to deliver some hard fact, ie numbers. What is sustainable about them, what is their water use, energy use. What materials have they used? What great features were put in. What sets it apart really? Continue reading
A nice summary of our sustainability status can be found in the build magazine.
I would generally agree with the article. While we have an abundance of materials, knowledge and tools, we still struggle to deliver. Continue reading
A very interesting article about the housing crisis in the US. Interestingly enough, New Zealand is not the only place with a discussion about affordable living and house prices. However this article touches on a slightly different matter, namely the housing crisis in rural areas. Continue reading
According to my experience over the last ten years, it is not the act being the issue, it’s the people interpreting it. Any overhaul should address arbitrary interpretation.
When we talk about resources, we should be discussing effects on land, air, water predominantly, not the color of a facade, some building texture or paving. This is happening right now, where council believes they can dictate architecture and have their personal flavor of development.If they want to control development, a development plan or structure plan is choice, not subjective interpretations and personal opinions.
A very interesting article on solar thermal and solar PV.
it’s now cheaper to heat water with a photovoltaic array than solar thermal collectors.
It would be quite interesting to make up some numbers and comparisons for New Zealand since the install cost for a solarthermal system seems to be high whereas the cost for solar PV seems incredibly low. Continue reading
So let me ask the question again: WHY are we intensifying? So people live in intensified living quarters, to move over intensified motorways into the intensified city centers for work…
Meanwhile Auckland Transport is suggesting to decrease the bus frequencies out West where some of the intensified housing areas are, pushing more cars over the motorways.
Our next project is in the making. We have some initial concept and will meet with the builder next week to discuss some preliminary to check out ideas, workability and general design. Continue reading