Pieces of salada crisp bread, broken up and stacked up

SALADA

I have been a scout leader for more than a decade now and one of the things we learnt and what we try and teach the kids is SALADA. This is an acronym for “Stop Assess Listen Allocate Do Assess again”. It is also symbolised by a piece of the brand salada crisp bread that you try and stuff into your mouth in one big piece – which does hardly work – without pain that is. So the lesson from this is also that you need to break it down into chunks to eat it. Just like you have to break down your task into manageable chunks to do them. This aligns with the “Allocate” in SALADA, ie break it up and give your team members jobs.

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COP26 – Just another talk? Up to you!

It’s that time of the year again – ground hog day – another global leader meeting to tackle climate change. Or to talk about tackling climate change.
Do whatever you can – at home or work, in your job, in your projects.
It’s up to you, not anyone else.

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Horrible Hybrids – A reminder

Michael Braungart and William McDonough called them “horrible hybrids” in their 2002 book “Crade to Cradle”. Things that are fused together from different materials that cannot be separated and thus not recycled.

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Soybeans in a supermarket in China

What to eat those days?

Being married to a vegetarian and not cooking extra at home, the family tend to eat vegetarian – with lots of soy products. So this post is more of a collection of thoughts around soy products. And yet again there’s confusing information out there. The general perception is that soy is good for you: Non-animal, vegan, high in protein, etc.

But then you do a bit of research and googling and find quite contradicting information as well.

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Kiwibuilds 100,000 homes progress

The average build numbers according to my article published in 2018 would have been ~30,000 homes by now. The actual stats are somewhat lower than that: 934 – yes: 934. Even if we would say that starting up is hard and the initial output would have been lower, would we maybe not have expected 20,000 homes? But we got 934.

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Auckland and water – yet again

I have been wondering about the very low water rates for years. Maybe time to actually pay the price for the “precious” resource because so far it has been a very cheap resource. Water saving technologies have been around for long and it also will require a bit of thinking and change of habit.

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Leaky & cold homes, mould and climate change

When I look what’s happening and is most discussed in the building industry new at the moment, the headline above sums it all up.

Leaky buildings, either from exterior or interior, are all too common. They happen due to a combination of wrong materials at the wrong place wrongly designed and badly installed – usually it’s a combination unless it’s incredibly badly designed or incredibly badly installed. Similar things are applicable to cold houses with a lack of insulation that is incorrectly installed with thermal bridges that were not designed out.

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Mangatangi Dam in the Hunua Ranges, near Auckland Source: 1 NEWS

Too much, too little – Winter, yet no water

February 2018 was the wettest February on record, 2017 saw the wettest day on record in parts of New Zealand and also the wettest year on record in the Milford Sound. Now, two years later, Auckland is calling its residents to save water – in the middle of winter where we supposedly should have plenty of water.

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Plasticy sippy straws – who does not like them

Think we can do without straws. Not sure when they were introduced and cannot be bother to research, however sometimes we have to ask ourselves if we really need or want something and if the things we are so accustomed to really make sense. Time to think and change habits – I am sure life was possible before the arrival of sippy straws.

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