Self-Building (Jumping through hoops)
Hello and thank you to all that read this.
I'm hoping to get some advice or grounding from the good people on this forum.
We are wanting to self-build a modest eco house for myself and my family on a ...
Does anybody know if there are any CO2 heat pumps made in NZ, I here they are real good in Japan, or is there something better
Solar company importing 5kw system
Has anyone used this company Bestsun New Energy, Im looking to import a solar power system ?
Eco architect / earthbuilding job
I am a French architect looking for a job. I am doing an earthbuilding course in ruatoria at the moment and live the rest of the week in Gisborne but I will be happy to move if needed.
I have ...
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 ...
Skystream wind turbine
An article at stuff.co.nz is about a wind turbine installation at a country school. It appears to be a Skystream brand and the US website describes it as an almost plug n play setup. For the stated cost of $16,000 ...
By farmer Ian
wetback / gas combination
New to this forum and looking for lots of answers
Is there such a combination as wetback and gas for hot water?
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 Rakesh Pinao
180 litre versus x2 90 litre hot water cyclinders
We are building a new house. Is it more energy efficient to have a one 90 litre hot water cylinder for day to day use with a second one that can be turned on in the guest bathroom when ...
By Solar Mike
NZ Standards/Safety compliance for a very basic set up
This thread is an offshoot of http://www.ecobob.co.nz/Forum/ForumPosts/14383/Re-PV-for-Hot-Water-only.aspx?ShowForumPostId=14717#ForumPost14717 to deal specifically with meeting NZ Standards/safety for a very basic setup that hooks PV as directly as possible onto a hot water element.
So just thinking on shortcuts that will avoid hassle/cost but ...
Should I turn off my heatpump at night or just turn down?
We have recently had our house reinsulated - in the roof, and underflooring and have removed our log burner and installed a new heatpump.
I was told by the installer that it is more efficient to leave the heat pump on ...
Eco-friendly and non-toxic upholstery fill
Hi there. We have an old ('bergere'?) sofa & chairs which have horrible old foam in that's falling apart. I've started to get quite concerned about what this might be doing to our health - especially as we have ...
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.
We're just about to move into an Adobe Mud-brick eco house, off the grid, batteries, solar, windmill .... etc ... You will see by my questions below that I know NOTHING as yet about living in an eco house ...
Wetback to Radiator
Hi, We have a woodburner (old Kent) with wetback disconnected to HW cylinder.
I would like to heat a downstairs area with a radiator connected to the wetback.
Is this feasible and if so how?
Thermocell help ?
Hi I have a Thermocell HW system.
been working well for 7 years. Just did my annual "get on the roof and clean the panels"
I noticed that the glass is dirty....on the inside !
How do I clean this ...
By Thermocell Nick
Living off-grid is not hard!
I have been off-grid over 15 years and I get a lot of questions from people that think living off-grid means going without common comforts and would be too hard of a life for them.
I would like to dispel the ...
House Thermal Simulation Software Options
Has anybody got any experience with software that can be used to model the thermal performance of anew home design other than Branz ALF. While ALF is of some use, its not that great dealing with Passive heating, and ...
Hi does anyone who has building experience be interested in building a Tiny house for me?
Off-Grid vs Grid Tied Solar
Hi all, I'm interested to hear from any of you that have your home set up for off-grid or grid tied systems, what kind of setup do you have? i.e. how many panels producing how many kw what equipment are ...
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 ...
importing solar panels?
Hi im wanting to put solar hot water and pv panels on our house , im looking at importing out of china i have a few contacts and good prices but im wondering on standards to make them legal? they ...
i just discovered some wonderful eco houses, called 'Holz100' houses. They have been developed by Erwin Thoma in Austria and they are totally made of untreated solid wood, inside and exterior. This seems to be possible because the wood is ...
after doing everything obvious.
Upped the insulation
space heat pump
HW heat pump
I still have a far too high power bill . I want to have the circuits in the house monitored by a professional for say a month ...
Reducing cost of water heating
Our home hot water tank holds 30 gallons. We used 2612 units to keep this heated all year. At current prices of 29.37c per unit the annual cost is $767.14 or approx 7.2 units per day at cost of $2.10.