It’s All in the Design

  What does it take to build a home that performs at its best? A sustainable, energy efficient, healthy and practical home. A home that you are going to love and it will love you back. Harakeke Consultants director Claudia Kaltenstadler says it’s really quite simple – find a good architect. If this is the so

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A Home That Gives More Than It Takes

    Claudia Kaltenstadler of Harakeke Consultants has spent the past 12 years dedicating her life to creating energy efficient buildings and driving sustainability. She has seen the switch of ‘green’ buildings being considered a fad to being embraced by prominent designers and builders as the only way

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Built for Today, Good for Tomorrow

Building by its very nature is not overly environmentally friendly, but with careful consideration and planning, the impact can be significantly reduced. Ryan house, built by NKR Builders Ltd was designed to reduce the overall environmental impact, during and after construction, to ensure it could meet the needs of t

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The Passive Home Specialists

  The passive house movement reinvigorated Leighton Baker’s passion for the trade and Cantabrians are reaping life-changing benefits of such synchronicity. Research confirms the advantages of passive building methods in comparison to a standard build, the industry is seeing increasing capabilities for passive

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  There are lots of things to consider when planning your new home or major renovation and one area rightfully deserving to be high on the list is sustainable building solutions.  Incorporating good environmental design before you commence a project is vitally important for the conservation and welfare of our

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  New Zealand is renowned for being clean and green and a global bigwig in dairy exports, but there’s plenty of room for improvement when it comes to our legislative soil management.  “NZ is very behind the eight ball on this,” says managing director of nationwide consultancy Soil Matters, and head soil

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The Sustainable Home Checklist

  Being sustainable doesn’t cost the earth; literally, figuratively or in any other sense.    Begin with the basics There are the now-obvious things we can do to live a more sustainable lifestyle: Ride-sharing Insulating our homes Recycling and composting Choosing eco-friendly alternatives (electr

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It’s All in the Design

  What does it take to build a home that performs at its best? A sustainable, energy efficient, healthy and practical home. A home that you are going to love and it will love you back. Harakeke Consultants director Claudia Kaltenstadler says it’s really quite simple – find a good architect. If this is the

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Living Roofs

  A global shift towards a more sustainable future is changing urban development as we know it. When it comes to roofing, are living or green roofs a permanent fixture of the future? Living roofs are roofs partially or completely covered in vegetation typically found in coastal areas, semi-deserts or dry mount

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