From: http://www.skyscrapercenter.com/building/stadthaus/19918

Holzweg – NOT!

Lloyd Alter has written a nice article about the Stadthaus (another German name), a nine storey timber building in London, made from Austrian CLT.
The article also has a few nice picture how the interior looks like in rough state and in finished state plus a nine week time lapse – quite impressive. It should also be noted that this article was actually written in 2010 after the building was constructed in 2008 – 8 years ago and nothing much of such construction has really arrived in New Zealand yet.

Typical scenario on a number of buildings: waterblasting upwards

Water blaster – water injector?

NZ Building Code is primarily based on gravity drainage A good example of what you should normally not be doing with a New Zealand building: waterblasting it. Why? Because the NZ Building Code is primarily based on gravity drainage and deflection of water. Consumer NZ warns In that regard an extract from consumer.org.nz: Don’t waterblast…

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Doing the right thing while keeping powered up 

Most portable or mobile devices need power and that is provided by batteries in some form – either rechargeable or non-rechargeable, built-in or replaceable. 
All of those batteries have their advantages and disadvantages, some last longer than others, some are cheaper in the long-run, some need more attention than others i.e. charging or replacing. 
Whatever the battery, it will need to be replaced at some stage 

Ecologist Mike Joy: critic and conscience award

With a growing number of lakes and rivers unsafe for swimming eco-warrior Dr Mike Joy is determined to get people to think about cleaning up our waterways. The Massey University freshwater ecologist has spent many years trying to raise public awareness of the state of our water environments. Now the senior lecturer in Ecology and Environmental Science has become the first recipient of an award recognising the role of “critic and conscience” in society.

Fruit tattoos set to replace stickers and plastic packaging as growers seek labelling alternatives – ABC Rural – ABC News

Plastic labels are set to become a thing of the past, though, as farmers listen to consumer demand for less packaging. Tattoos on fruit are set to replace stickers as farmers seek out environmentally-friendly alternatives to labels for produce that already comes in its own natural packaging. Fruits with printed skins are already on supermarket…