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Living v fake greenwalls — the benefits

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There is no doubt that the popularity of greenwalls has significantly grown over the past few years. However, Mark Paul, horticulturist and Australian greenwall pioneer,...

Green Building Councils commit to green area twice the size of Singapore

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‘Building sector an essential part of the solution’   More than 1.25 billion square metres of buildings — almost double the size of Singapore — will...

Wood the way of the future for Christchurch?

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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...

Rebuild Christchurch green

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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...

Brewery project wins first-ever CCANZ sustainability award

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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...

Green Building in Afganistan flourishes with help of ‘Green Machine’

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In a country that has been torn apart by civil strife over the past several decades, there is a new hope for those looking...

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

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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...

Web site to become a one-stop shop for information on wood

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Wood used to be the timber of choice for New Zealand’s homes. But in recent years there has been something of a move away...

Steel an upright world citizen

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Steel is as in demand today as in the 1880s, when it first took centre stage as a building material — but much water...

Waste not, want not

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One of New Zealand’s first designer “green” show homes not only has a range of environmentally friendly features, it is also beautiful and comfortable,...