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October 3, 2018

Here at the Living House we have been trying (very hard) to implement zero waste living in our current home (The House of Payne) so when we move into the Living House we are zero waste. 

We've made a lot of awesome changes, with the help of some great products from some...

April 28, 2018

We were blessed to be able to run our first proper workshop during the week of April 23-27. The purpose of this workshop was to build a new boundary fence and to experiment with different colours and textures in rammed earth. 

Our wonderful neighbours agreed to allow us...

March 26, 2018

Yesterday I (Rochelle) and Matt from Evident visited the Green Gorilla waste processing plant in Onehunga, Auckland. Going into that visit I was a little bit cocky, thinking that I knew what happened with construction waste in Auckland and that maybe I actually perhaps...

March 1, 2018

As many of you may remember the Living House has received some wonderful funding from the Auckland Council Waste Minimisation Fund that is allowing us to share our zero waste journey with you all. At the start of this process we defined waste as zero waste to landfill,...

March 1, 2018

So what is WUFI? WUFI is the acronym for "Wärme- und Feuchte instationär" ("Heat and Moisture transient"). WUFI is designed to calculate the simultaneous heat and moisture transport in one-dimensional multi-layered building components!

YIKES!!!!! How many of y...

February 2, 2018

The Building Consent drawings for the Living House call for the use of either Tray Dec or Dimond Flatdeck. Both great construction systems that would allow us to easily pour a concrete roof to the basement (which is also the floor of the garage)........except for the f...

November 25, 2017

Yesterday the Pro Clima Hub hosted the Living House for our Biophilia Workshop.

As a requirement of the Living Building Challenge the project must be designed to include elements that nuture the innate human/nature connection.

To comply each project team must engage in a...

August 17, 2017

When we received the full structural engineering design for the Living House we were mildly HORRIFIED at the amount of reinforcing and concrete that our supposedly uber sustainable house required. 

We could not reconcile all of this with the fact that we are t...

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