Future Building Solutions

  When building for the future, especially on a city-wide scale like Christchurch is experiencing, it pays to ensure the solutions you adopt aren’t about to be replaced, outdated or made obsolete through new legislation; and there are some pretty exciting initiatives emerging across the world.  What are the

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  A lifestyle block self-sufficiency survival guide. Owning a lifestyle block is a dream for many and it’s easy to see why. Fresh country air, picturesque panoramas, more privacy from your neighbours, the space to grow your family, keep pets, explore your green thumb or run a business from home. Living self-

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By Warren Taylor The Waimakariri region offers a diverse, laid-back lifestyle with easy access to main centres, community services and many recreational areas such as the Waimakariri River. These qualities appeal to a range of people and the region will no doubt continue to grow as people move to make the most out of

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Finishing Touches

By Laura Baker If you haven’t already noticed, copper is ‘the’ design and building material right now. From lighting pendants, tapware, kitchen sinks and guttering - copper is everywhere. But the design world’s current obsession with the shiny metal isn’t anything new. Copper has been used in the design a

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Power to the People

Plummeting costs of solar installation, buying the power generated from a solar system on your roof without any capital, lease to own schemes and low interest loans for solar systems, mean that today, anyone with an electricity bill can get solar on their roof. The result is solar systems are available to a wider sp

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How renovating with solar can save you money As property prices continue to increase throughout Christchurch, more homeowners are choosing to renovate and experts say if they include solar in their plans, they should be able to save thousands. With the introduction of solarZero, a first of its kind $0-down solar plan,

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By Cymon Allfrey There are many definitions of sustainability, but architecturally it is about minimising the negative environmental impact of buildings - a concept that is achieved through a conscious approach to energy, efficiency and ecology. As a younger version of myself, I wrote a discourse on sustainability for

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WikiHouse

[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text] By Davina Richards There’s a heavy current of hard truths which we can’t swim away from; an economic model dependent on ever increasing consumerism, rising population density, soaring house prices and detrimental environmental issues. None of this means the end is nigh, bu

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Reusing the rubble

By Melinda Collins Social enterprise occupies a unique space; a kind of halfway point between business and charity, it is a social mission driven organisation which applies market based strategies to achieve a social purpose. Perhaps that’s what underpins the success of Rekindle, perhaps it’s the excellent p

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