Building a healthy, happy lifestyle without it costing the Earth. Tips, tricks and trends in green home building and remodeling.


  • 229: Be Significant

    229: Be Significant

    25/09/2020 Duración: 34min

    Through his work, Simon Croker is showing that designers can make a difference and be significant wherever they are. From big city firms to small country town practices, everyone can play an important role in creating sustainable, healthy buildings for the benefit of everyone.

  • 228 The Shape of Sustainable Architecture

    228 The Shape of Sustainable Architecture

    11/09/2020 Duración: 36min

    Architects shape the places where they work. Good Architects are themselves also shaped by their surrounding environment. Living and working in Wanaka, Beth Chaney is very aware of being part of a place that most people only get to visit on holiday. This acknowledgment provides motivation for looking after the environment through her work as an architect. In this episode, we discuss how Chaney and Norman incorporate environmental ratings along with PHPP energy modelling from Passive House to create sustainable architecture.

  • 227: CarbonLite

    227: CarbonLite

    05/09/2020 Duración: 43min

    CarbonLite is a producer of prefabricated Passive House and high-performance buildings, based in Victoria Australia. Founder Burkhard Hansen explains some of the problems with typical Australian building practices, and how CarbonLite is using building science and experience to produce fit for purpose homes. 

  • 226 Idealings Architecture

    226 Idealings Architecture

    28/08/2020 Duración: 34min

    Idealings Architecture is based in Fremantle, Western Australia and serves Perth and the Southwest of the state. Run by Timo and Najwa Bleeker, the aim of Idealings is to help future homeowners and organisations to create healthy, comfortable, energy-efficient and sustainable buildings.

  • Abodo Wood

    Abodo Wood

    23/08/2020 Duración: 35min

    After studying Japanese and international business, Daniel Gudsell's plan was to go to Japan and sell New Zealand produced milk, but he ended up selling wood in the South Pacific, an enterprise that led to the creation of Abode Wood.

  • 224 Why are we so far behind?

    224 Why are we so far behind?

    14/08/2020 Duración: 51min

    Murray Robertson took a liking to technical drawing during intermediate school, which he carried on through college. After considering both industrial design and landscape design, he eventually settled on Architecture. He 'did his time' at a few practices and then found himself at McLaren Associates in Edinburgh where he was introduced to the environmental rating processes of BREEAM. Back in New Zealand, Murray spent over a decade at Stephenson & Turner before starting his own practice, Robertson Architecture Design in 2016.

  • 223 Sustainable Architecture

    223 Sustainable Architecture

    08/08/2020 Duración: 42min

    In 2019 Anne Salmond was made a Distinguished Fellow of the New Zealand Institute of Architects, a high honour available to a maximum of only ten people at any one time. As a trailblazer throughout her career, Anne is a worthy recipient of this title. At one time Anne was told that she was running the largest architecture firm in the country that was directed by women. In our interview, Anne and I discuss her growing interest in sustainable architecture, passive solar and Passive House, Living Building Challenge and some of the exciting projects she's currently working on.

  • 222 Third Little Pig

    222 Third Little Pig

    01/08/2020 Duración: 34min

    Simon Wansbrough is the Founder and Director of Third Little Pig, a custom home builder based in Christchurch. We discuss how Simon got into building in the first place, what building better homes means to him, and how he's been able to become more selective about the projects he takes on.

  • 221 Polystudio

    221 Polystudio

    26/07/2020 Duración: 36min

    Daniel Wolkenberg is a student of the 90s. He took the fairly typical route out of Architecture School and worked for a couple of different studios as a graduate. During this time Daniel worked on some fairly major projects such as Federation Square in Melbourne. He gained experience in master planning and got exposure to people and practices. With a desire to own more of the complete process and to fully connect with clients, Daniel opened his own practice, Poly Studio at the beginning of 2012.

  • 220 Oil Rigs to Passive Houses

    220 Oil Rigs to Passive Houses

    05/07/2020 Duración: 25min

    Before Reece Beresford trained as a builder and started his own company, he did some time working on oil rigs. Now he's aspiring to build Certified Passive House for clients in Perth, Western Australia.

  • 219 Blue Sky Windows

    219 Blue Sky Windows

    26/06/2020 Duración: 37min

    Viktoria Nikitina is Managing Director of Blue Sky Windows, a manufacturer of high quality, high performance uPVC windows based in Melbourne, Victoria. With so many locally manufactured options now available, there are plenty of reasons why you should consider windows and doors like these for your next project.

  • 218 A Sustainable ICF ECO-Block Home

    218 A Sustainable ICF ECO-Block Home

    25/06/2020 Duración: 10min

    Simon Cator of Pro Clima New Zealand recently caught up with Kirstie Brown at a sustainable house that Kirstie has built using ECO-Block Insulation Concrete Forms (ICF) in Tauranga. Simon finds out about the advantages of using ECO-Blocks and how an airtight construction is already contributing to great performance. This episode and accompanying article originally appeared on Eboss,

  • 217 High Performance Lessons from Luxury Homes

    217 High Performance Lessons from Luxury Homes

    14/06/2020 Duración: 37min

    Browsing the photo gallery on Jeff Bogard's R.E.A Homes website, 'sustainability' is not likely the first word that comes to mind. Can large, luxury houses actually be sustainable? This is one of the topics I discussed with Jeff who's been providing high performance homes for discerning clients in Saint Louis for over fourteen years.

  • 216 Why dont we know about thermal bridges down here?

    216 Why don't we know about thermal bridges down here?

    09/06/2020 Duración: 30min

    I'm always interested in the perceptions of architects and builders who have been trained or have experienced living in Europe and then come to the Southern Hemisphere. Their reaction to typical houses in New Zealand and Australia usually involves a level of disbelief. A common sentiment is that they've never been colder, despite this being a milder climate.

  • 215 Building Biology

    215 Building Biology

    30/05/2020 Duración: 44min

    Joachim Herrmann developed an interest in building biology while working as a teacher. As a trained biologist, he describes the science of life as "endlessly fascinating". We discuss the 25 principles of Building Biology and how they contribute to creating healthy places to live.

  • 214 Energy Efficient Homes

    214 Energy Efficient Homes

    23/05/2020 Duración: 47min

    Robert Whitehouse wants to build houses that work the way they should, and he's thinking about how to make them affordable for everyone.

  • Whats so good about uPVC windows and doors?

    What's so good about uPVC windows and doors?

    16/05/2020 Duración: 44min

    The uPVC window market is relatively small in Australia right now, but it's growing fast. I caught up with Kathrin Sender, Managing Director at Integra Windows recently to find out what's so good about uPVC windows and doors.

  • 212: Dont Build a Garden Shed!

    212: Don't Build a Garden Shed!

    10/05/2020 Duración: 41min

    Ian Chamberlain learnt his craft as a cabinet maker and joiner in the UK. Nearly 40 years on, he's now crafting beautiful and high performing homes in Taupo, New Zealand. What are the most important things to ensure you get the comfortable, energy-efficient home you deserve and can afford? More at Brought to you by Endurobuilders and LABDesign. Music attribution: Carefree by Kevin MacLeod Link: License:

  • 211: Energy Architecture

    211: Energy Architecture

    02/05/2020 Duración: 40min

    Energy Architecture is based in Wellington and specialises in Passive House design with leading expertise in designing for SIP construction. Find out more, and contact Guy Shaw via their website.

  • 210: How to Build a Stunning Sustainable Home

    210: How to Build a Stunning Sustainable Home

    20/04/2020 Duración: 36min

    Enduro Builders is quickly becoming one of the leading builders of high performance and sustainable homes in Australia. I met up with Jackson while he was nearing completion of another stunning home in the Adelaide Hills during a trip in late 2019. In this chat, we discussed how Jackson got into building in the first place and how Enduro Builders is helping to lead an important change in the Australian residential building market.

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