Certifying Energy Efficient Homes: Homestar We are members of the New Zealand Green Building Council, and Director Beth Chaney is a certified Practitioner and Assessor for the NZGBC Homestar rating scheme. Homestar is a comprehensive, independent rating tool that measures the health, warmth and efficiency of New Zealand homes. Ratings can be undertaken at both […]
Building a high performance, energy efficient home With increasing awareness of the environmental impacts of building, along with rising construction and energy costs, there is a shifting trend towards building homes that are smaller & smarter. We endorse this thinking, and work closely with our clients to create homes that are functional, well designed, […]
I read in the Otago Daily Times that the Upper Clutha Environmental Society are appealing against a residential platform in Dublin Bay proposed by Annabel Langbein and Ted Hewetson. While I applaud the efforts made by the Society to provide a check against unbridled development across the region, I do question the impact on amenity […]
The much used term ‘Sustainability’ has been a great driver for awareness of the resource and environmental issues that face current and future generations but I believe its misuse or overuse is starting to dilute not only what is possible but what we should all be doing.