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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The Building Industry – we are not alone

NZ and USA – not only are we suing the same construction methods, but we seem to be having the same educational, societal and methodological issues. The reason for any labour shortage is different in NZ I believe but nevertheless we seem to be having one – particularly a skilled labour shortage (note the emphasis on skilled).

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Import taxes create losers

it just prevents you from importing and using a good product that would otherwise advance technology in the country, make the standard of living cheaper and better, just to protect national companies financial interests. Because let’s face it: Why else would you have to have taxes on a overseas product if the product taxed was not better: No one would buy it anyway. Trump taxes do exactly one thing: Holding back development and evolution.

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