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Building design, construction and renovations
This forum is for topics relating to eco friendly building design, construction and renovations.
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Real estate and property development
Topics in this forum relate to sustainable real estate and sustainable property development.
By Green Abode
28 Apr '16 08:17 PM
Switching to Solar Power
Questions, comments or advice about going solar. Solar power is becoming more affordable in New Zealand, but there are still a lot of questions on many people's minds; what size to get, what solar panels, what about storage for solar?
By Solar Mike
02 Apr '16 10:03 AM
Latest Forum Posts
Structural Insulated Panels
Do any manufactures in NZ make Structural Insulated Panels (SIP) suitable for house construction. A quick search on google NZ and no hits came up for NZ.
They seem a smarter way to construct the walls without all the effort of ...
By Green Abode
We have recently purchased a 1950s bungalow and have just discovered the walls are made of pinex. The ceilings are also pinex, which we will replace as they are not pretty and we want recessed lights, which I read are ...
Hot water heat pump vs continuous gas
Hi, just wondering if anyone knew in today's market if a hot water heat pump system is more cost effective than installing continuous gas?
We currently have a electric cylinder in our home which we're looking to change.
Pyroclassic IV wood fire
Hi, has anyone had or known someone who has had a Pyroclassic IV wood fire? It is reportedly one of the most efficient fireplaces on the market. I am interested though to hear from anyone as to its performance. The ...
Thermospan Panels from Metalcraft
I went to the home show and talked to a guy about Metalcraft Thermospan panels for my roof.
From what I was told and have since read it seems like a good product to get a long span unsupported low pitch ...
By Iva Go
Putting a timer on an electric HW cylinder
First off I am NOT on ripple controlled HW. Cylinder is on 24/7 if it is needed to heat water.
We have a low pressure cylinder.
I shower in the morning, my wife showers in the evening. A ...
Traditional Internal Lime Plastering - Auckland
Hi all, We're developing a residential property in the Rodney area and would like to consider using a traditional lime based plaster system for our internal walls. Having lived in France and Spain for a few years I loved the ...
Spray Polyurethane Foam Insulation
I looked around at insulation and came to the conclusion that Sprayed Polyurethane Foam would give me the best level of thermal insulation and sound deadening. So I bought a machine from the US and have arranged to purchase the ...
Low-e glass or thermally broken frames
Hi we are in the process of a new build and have come to a roadblock with window styles and features. We can have both low-e and a thermal break but want to know if one is more important than ...
Main contractor marking up sub contractors work
Hi. This question isn't specifically eco related but more to do with conduct. Just wondering if it is usual for main contractors to add a markup to subcontractors work. We have employed a renovation company to do our renovation. They ...