Work is now underway to develop a single rating tool to assess the comfort and performance of New Zealand’s new and existing homes. A partnership has been formed between the New Zealand Green Building Council (NZGBC), BRANZ, and Beacon Pathway to develop a system that will assess the performance of our homes, provide information for…Details
By LAURA BASHAM – The Nelson Mail, via stuff.co.nz, last updated 13:00 21/10/2009 New World supermarkets in the South Island have dropped their 5-cent plastic bag charge because of customer complaints. The backtrack follows New World’s lower North Island supermarkets scrapping the charge just a month after it was introduced in August to encourage shoppers…Details
A Comparative Life Cycle Assessment of Building Insulation Products made of Stone Wool, Paper Wool and Flax
Insulation of buildings is an important technology for saving heating energy and for a sustainable development. The results of a comparative LCA study of three insulation products applied for roof insulation are summarised in two parts. The products selected are based on HT stone wool representing traditional products – flax representing crop grown products and…Details
Below is an email I sent to EcoStore today. I am still concerned about their plastic packaging and it unfortunately hasn’t chnaged over the years. I have asked about refilling already in the store about two years ago and was told that there were no plans to chnage the packaging or to refill them.
Below is an email I sent to the New Zealand Green Building Council as a reaction to their website Green Star NZ & Products/ Materials (http://www.nzgbc.org.nz/main/greenstar/elaboration/prodmaterial).
From The Office Of The Prime Minister’s Science Advisory Committee, Article posted on Thursday, August, 13th, 2009 at 10:04 am The world’s climate is influenced by a number of factors interacting in very complex and not entirely understood ways. Over the last million years there have been periodic shifts in the temperature of the planet…Details
17/09/2009 by NZPA via stuff.co.nz Both Prime Minister John Key and dairy giant Fonterra are turning a deaf ear to Greenpeace activists’ demands following yesterday’s dramatic protest off the Port of Tauranga. Up to 14 Greenpeace protesters boarded the Hong Kong-registered freighter East Ambition, lashing themselves to cranes and the anchor, preventing the ship from…Details
I found an interesting article about web 2.0 realtime applications: http://earth2tech.com/2009/04/15/twitters-an-energy-guzzler-other-hard-truths-for-web-20-app-addicts/ “web applications that involve constant updates and real-time information — such as many of those on the Twitter platform and especially those supported for mobile — are like the Hummers of web apps, guzzling away energy through continuous server connections for each user”.Details
This is an email I sent to Pumpkin Patch today, triggered by the arrival of one of their plastic wrapped catalogues today. Despite the fact that we receive online emails and news from them: