Mould removal in Auckland
I’m looking at a stick house built in the late 50’s in Auckland that has been sitting empty for a while. It’s had some roof insulation installed recently but it has mould on the ceilings in most of the rooms. ...
Fire brick recipe?
Hi all, im looking for a recipe for home made fire bricks.
I want to make some pizza ovens and fire places etc...
I am planning to make casts to set them in, the bricks will not be fired like normal ...
Earth building workshops in 2019?
I'm looking for any events related to earth building techniques, but would be especially interested in cob workshops. Is anyone here interested in holding a workshop, or know of someone who is?
I'm in the Auckland area and it could ...
Electrician who can install
Does anyone know any electrician in Auckland who can install Solar PV system – install only? We buy a complete Solar PV system kit by ourselves.
After done some research, Solar PV system in NZ are relatively still expensive because of ...
off grid Romany traveller the eco gypsy check him out on eco gypsy on you tube
With the growing popularity of community gardens in residential areas, growing for both food and pleasure is proving to be a popular and therapeutic pass time.
Tell us about your community garden.
My local one in Khandallah, Wellington offers a little ...
Insulwool vs batts insulation
The house we have just bought looks to have Insulwool-type insulation in the ceiling (ie fluffy blown insulation that seems to be made of wool). It's about 20cm deep. Does anyone know what sort of R-rating this has, ...
Seeking Ecovillage info in New Zealand
Hi. I'm trying to track down a list of Ecovillages through out New Zealand and was wanting to know if anyone know's a good link where I could find them?
By ted scott
We have recently purchased a home which has a wetback fire place. The water heats well however there is a tremendous amount of banging in the pipes when the fire is heating up. As the fire gets ...
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 ...
By Stewart Plaster Hamilton, Ltd.
Wood fire, pellet fire, gas or heat pump for home heating?
Which of the 3 options is best?
A wood fire can give 75% efficiency if the wood is dry, whilst a pellet fire can give high 80s. However, I assume this does not factor production of the raw material which, whilst ...
By Peter Meyer
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 ...
By Neil in Adelaide Hills
Best Composting toilet available in N.Z?
Your first hand experiences sought please. Does the Kiwi model stand up well against the best avaialble?
By Earth Citizen
Retrofit double glazing
My home is about 7yrs old & has the standard single glazed aluminium windows (the aluminium frames are not thermally broken). Wall insulation is reasonable & roof has just had further batts added over the existing insulation. I am ...
Retro fitting Double Glazing to 1950s Ak home
any advise on what supplier to use for noise reduction and of course warmth but road noise the bigger issue
Lots of different systems out there, any one welcome to comment on advise of what and who to get a quote ...
eco alternatives to mdf and foam
I have been searching for info relating to Eco alternatives to MDF sheets and foam (both for upholstered furniture) but haven't been able to find good reliable sources of information. Can anyone help please? I am looking to set up ...
Wood boiler taking big logs
I am looking for a central heating boiler that would take some big logs. I see on the web some that are made in Canada and the US. It is a form of what is known as "district heating" ...
Pellet fuel buying group?
We have been trying to decide the best way to heat our house and water, and the costs of doing so is a large part of the decision. We have read a fair bit about pellet fires/stoves and boilers ...
wood pellet for sale
spruce and pine wood pellets for sale
65 euro per tonne CIF , packing 15 kg bags or big bags,
made of pine and spruce wood ,
contact for an offer with your email address ...
Why on earth don't we use this in N.Z??
Something I've been wondeing for ages and probably someone here knows...(I hope)
Why don't we use "sheathing" in N.Z? hopefully that's the right word-let me explain exactly what I'm getting at...
It seems to me most houses in the U.S.A/North America ...
Aquatron Composting toilet (Ecotoilet)
Hi All, I am new here. I am building next year and looking at a composting toilet. The Ecotoilet Aquatron model. I am interested in hearing testimonials regarding this system. Does anyone have one? Thanks, ...
Can old gib be recycled into the soil?
I've got a bunch of gib board offcuts to dispose of.
In the past I've added gypsum to my soil to improve it. Is "gib board" gypsum with some binding agents? Could I smash it up and dig into soil or ...
Christchurch - land/house cosharing?
Hello - I'm aiming to get my head out of the box and am thinking of more efficient and sustainable ways to live in Christchurch - or the surrounding area. I'm interested in different ideas, such as sharing a section ...
By Outside the Box
Which Home heating method – Electric Heat pump or low emission Wood Burner?
Ambient air concentrations of both PM10 and NOX in the Auckland region, currently exceed accepted health guidelines and standards.
PM10 particulates kill about 600 NZ’s per year from respiratory disease and cancer.
The largest single contributors to annual emissions of PM10, are ...
By AAC Mike
Chinese geothermal heat pump
Has anyone brought a Chinese geothermal heat pump and could recommend a brand .