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While we don’t have other options than to collect rainwater and dispose of our waste water on-site there is an electricity connection to our site. So the question is to be or not to be grid connected? Decisions to go
The design of the house is still progressing slow so time to reflect on life in New Zealand. We have been here for about a year and a half now and I still love living here. Especially the beautiful environment
Meet Gnarler, Rosie, Powerranger and Heihei our new chickens. Previously I wrote about the carbon footprint of the average Kiwi household. One third of the footprint is food related mostly caused by emissions of eating red meat. Another little step
In order to keep our energy consumption to a minimum the home is designed to use the principles of passive solar and pasive ventilation. It means there will ben no active heating or cooling system like a heat pump and
Getting excited that we are finally making some progress again and we need to decide what the building method will be for our home. It needs to be able to achieve proper insulation levels and air tightness. It needs to
Although another 1001 decisions have to be made two major ones are hovering in the air for some time: Are we going to continue to build a small sustainable house and what is the building method we are going to
Keep up to date with the process we are embarking on. See what is happening with sustainable building design in New Zealand and what it takes to prepare, design and build our small sustainable home.