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Here are some example homes that are fully or heavily sustainable. This is a great place to find inspiration for your own sustainable future!


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Ministry of Education - Sustainability Fund

Ministry of Education - Sustainability Fund

Posted by Builder-talk Ecobob on 30th Jan 2021

A Ministry of Education (MOE) initiative in the form of a 'Sustainability Contestable Fund' has been established to support New Zealand schools to improve their efficiency and reduce their environmental impact, w … read more
Heat Pump Hot Water Systems - Benefits

Heat Pump Hot Water Systems - Benefits

Posted by Builder-talk Ecobob on 23rd Jan 2021

Heat pump water heating, how does it work? The video explains how heat pump hot water systems work. Heat pump water heaters use the same technology as air-to-air heat pumps. Just like room he … read more
Green Homes build a compelling case

Green Homes build a compelling case

Posted by Ecobob on 21st Jan 2021

The team at Builder-talk Ecobob are always on the lookout for eco-smart people doing eco-friendly things, enter Henry McTavish of Green Homes. The following interview has some great insights into eco homes and the way forward. Spread the Word … read more
What is R Value?

What is R Value?

Posted by Ecobob on 18th Jan 2021

If you are thinking about installing insulation into your home or industrial building it is important to have an idea on what exactly R-value is. The R in R-value rating stands for resistance, and the R value is a rating system that helps … read more
Passive Solar Building Design

Passive Solar Building Design

Posted by Builder-talk Ecobob on 15th Jan 2021

Passive solar, from a residential housing perspective, is simply a home which maintains a comfortable inside temperature by accepting, storing and preserving the heat from sunlight, by using the building design layout and construction fabric. … read more
SIPs vs Timber Frame

SIPs vs Timber Frame

Posted by Builder-Talk on 12th Jan 2021

Firstly some basics - SIPs, is the acronym for Structural Insulated Panels. SIP's have some form of expanded polystyrene/foam insulated core within two sheets of structural Oriented Strand Board (OSB) board either side that forms the internal and external skin. … read more
Tesla Power Roof

Tesla Power Roof

Posted by Builder-talk Ecobob on 11th Jan 2021

For main the idea of solar panels on your roof have been a sensible one, but certainly in New Zealand, it has not become mainstream. Why is this? It makes so much sense? Money. Whilst I think the average citizen wants to do their bit for the environment, … read more
Infrared Heating

Infrared Heating

Posted by Infrared Heating NZ on 9th Jan 2021

Conventionally, heating a home will require warming the air in a specific room or the entire house either by fire place, electric heating/gas heating, or heat pumps etc. These technologies require either storage or pipe work and tend to rapidly burn through emissions, as well as ongoing ma … read more
Green Roofs

Green Roofs

Posted by Builder-talk Ecobob on 4th Jan 2021

Traditional roofs serve an important purpose, making sense for robust and simple materials to be used. Often out of sight and out of mind, simple materials have been used, particularly in New Zealand. What's it all about? … read more
Hydronic Underfloor Heating -  The Benefits

Hydronic Underfloor Heating - The Benefits

Posted by Ecobob on 31st Dec 2020

Either a boiler, a solar panel or a heat pump will heat water that is then pumped through the heat distribution system via pipes under the floor. The system will then gently release heat into the home. Water temperatures are generally heated between 40°C and 60° … read more