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Wood the way of the future for Christchurch?

While the re-build look and design of Christchurch is still being considered by an architectural “think tank,” there is growing support among builders, local government representatives and residents that solid wood needs to be the main building material used to resurrect the city. Lockwood Group chief executive Bryce Heard says Lockwood homes in the Canterbury region withstood this month’s major earthquake and sustained no structural damage. “The Christchurch earthqua...
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Rebuild Christchurch green

The massive rebuild facing Christchurch in the wake of the recent 7.1-magnitude earthquake presents a unique opportunity for the city to lead New Zealand in sustainable building practices, according to the New Zealand Green Building Council (NZGBC). “The recovery effort following a disaster is a crucial time — it’s a chance for communities to be at the heart of planning, creating homes and buildings that meet social, environmental and economic needs,” NZGBC chief execu...
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Brewery project wins first-ever CCANZ sustainability award

A unique building project using considerable quantities of recycled waste glass won the inaugural 2008 Concrete3 Sustainability Award in Rotorua recently.   Project Century, a brewery under construction in South Auckland, is a joint development by Holcim (New Zealand) Ltd and Mainzeal Property & Construction Ltd for Lion Nathan. The project will use recycled waste glass as aggregate in the building’s concrete structures, and is due to open in 2010.   The award, which is ...
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Green Building in Afganistan flourishes with help of 'Green Machine'

In a country that has been torn apart by civil strife over the past several decades, there is a new hope for those looking to rebuild their homes and lives.   Earlier this year, Geo-Building Technologies, LLC (GBT), a licensee of Amercian company TerraBuilt Corporation International (TerraBuilt), introduced a machine with a new technology that may revolutionise the construction industry in Afghanistan and developing countries around the world.   Simply called “The GreenMachin...
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New criteria for buying a house: What can I walk to?

New criteria for buying a house: What can I walk to?

A new housing initiative to be launched in the Bay of Plenty this year may be a long-term solution to countering petrol prices and fostering closer-knit communities.   Based on historic New Zealand precedents and successful international models, Excelsa Village in Papamoa East is being developed by Bluehaven Management, and has been designed to free residents of their dependence on cars as their only mode of transport.   Bluehaven general manager Jason Macdonald says one of Excelsa...
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Steel an upright world citizen

Steel an upright world citizen

Written By: Jenny Baker Steel as a building material is traditionally associated with high-rise buildings. Used routinely in the low-rise market for building envelopes, it is now becoming more widely used for structural applications. In view of the spotlight on sustainable building, what are steel’s credentials, how smart is the resulting structure and how does steel as a building material impact on a structure’s operational energy requirements? Jenny Baker reports.
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Waste not, want not

Waste not, want not

Written By: Jenny Baker The value “waste not, want not” is making a huge comeback. Exhumed from the consumerist graveyard of the 80s and 90s, it is now marketed to the world as “sustainability”. However, Whitianga builder Rod Percival learned it from his parents as a way of life and established a successful business in the process. Jenny Baker reports.
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