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February 2019 - Architecture Now

The latest update on our online blog

https://architecturenow.co.nz/articles/the-living-house-part-six/

June 2018 - Radio NZ

New Zealand banks have been urged to catch up with international trends and offer special low interest loans to people building eco-homes. One Auckland couple have been pushing the change which they say will improve the country's cold drafty housing stock.

https://www.radionz.co.nz/news/business/360712/nz-banks-urged-to-offer-low-interest-loans-to-eco-home-builds

June 2018 - East Life Magazine

Beachlands couple Joel and Rochelle Payne are in the middle of a three - year project to build a healthy, space efficient homes and target the Living Building Challenge. 

https://issuu.com/times_e-editions/docs/eastlife_june_2018/40

March 2018 - Radio Live

A four bedroom rammed earth house under construction in Beachlands, Auckland aims to show that it is possible for green homes to achieve top marks under three different rating systems in New Zealand.Tony talks with owner Rochelle Payne

http://www.radiolive.co.nz/home/articles/home-and-garden/2018/03/home---garden--in-case-you-missed-it0.html

February 2018 - Stuff.co.nz

Rochelle and Joel Payne, who are building a rammed earth house with a 10 Homestar Design rating, are disappointed their build won't be featuring on Grand Designs NZ. They are aiming for a 10 Homestar Built rating and Living Building Challenge certification, which is likely to be the first in New Zealand.

https://www.stuff.co.nz/life-style/homed/latest/101837276/auckland-couples-pioneering-build-project-turned-down-for-grand-designs

A full version of the text is downloadable in the pdf to the right

February 2018 - Architecture Now

Rochelle Payne writes the fourth blog update on the progress of The Living House. The rammed earth house in Beachlands is to be the family home of the Paynes, who have decided to target the ‘trifecta’ of sustainability rating tools: Homestar, Passive House and Living Building Challenge

http://architecturenow.co.nz/articles/the-living-house-part-four/

A full version of the text is downloadable in the pdf to the right

November 2017 - Architecture Now

Out third blog was just posted on the fantastic Architecture Now website in November! Read all about it here

http://architecturenow.co.nz/articles/the-living-house-part-three/

A full version of the text is downloadable in the pdf to the right

October 2017 - Business North

The Living House was recently featured in the fantastic Business North magazine - October 2017 issue. Unfortunately it is not possible to print to pdf this web magazine so if you want to read this article you are going to have to click on the link below!

http://publications.waterfordpress.co.nz/business-north/#44

August 2017 - Stuff.co.nz

Auckland once led the way in sustainable housing in New Zealand but now appears to be falling behind. Dileepa Fonseka meets a couple whose battle to get help for their off-grid home illustrates just how much catching-up Auckland Council is faced with.

Auckland Council says it wants 30 per cent of the city's homes to be sustainable by 2020.

Currently, just 20 individual homes across Auckland meet the minimum threshold to be considered sustainable.

https://www.stuff.co.nz/business/property/95603272/Aucklands-plan-for-30-per-cent-sustainable-homes-by-2020-sees-20-houses-certified

A full version of the text is downloadable in the pdf to the right
August 2017 - Architecture now

Rochelle Payne writes the second blog update on the progress of The Living House, which has thus far proved rather arduous. The rammed earth house in Beachlands is to be the family home of the Paynes, who have decided to target the ‘trifecta’ of sustainability rating tools: Homestar, Passive House and Living Building Challenge

A full version of the text is downloadable in the pdf to the right
 
August 2017 - Pohutukawa Coast Times

Off grid house advocate seeks fee relief, Auckland Council 'more talk than walk' on sustainable housing.

A full version of the text is downloadable in the pdf to the right
 
August 2017 - newsroom.co.nz

Auckland Council likes to make a song and dance about sustainability. "Get free advice on how to make your business more sustainable"; "Conserve energy, reduce waste and make smart choices to minimise harmful effects on the environment"; "Hire a home energy audit tool kit" - there's even a Chief Sustainability Officer. But when it comes to being confronted by home builders who are ahead of the game, the council's sustainability front crumbles like an old sea wall on an incoming climate change tide. 

https://www.newsroom.co.nz/2017/08/07/41423/sustainable-home-builders-to-council-step-up

A full version of the text is downloadable in the pdf to the right
 
July 2017 - Rural Living

With green living concepts attracting increasing interest, so, too, is the Living Building Challenge, a certification process established by the International Living Future Institute.

A Beachlands couple believes they can meet the challenge which is all about creating healthy, efficient spaces which give back more to the environment than they take as JES MAGILL discovered.

http://www.ruralliving.co.nz/lifestyle/home/the-beautiful-house-of-payne/

A full version of the text is downloadable in the pdf to the right
 
June 2017 - Architecture NOW 

Tucked away in a quiet corner of Auckland is a quiet little beach community called Beachlands. However, these days the once-sleepy suburb of Beachlands is going through a transformation only exceeded by the extreme transformation in Hobsonville in West Auckland.

http://architecturenow.co.nz/articles/the-living-house-part-1/

A full version of the text is downloadable in the pdf to the right
 
June 2017 - Urbis 

Urbis talked to Rochelle Payne, who along with her husband Joel, is building a rammed earth house that seeks to achieve ratings in three of the most stringent energy-efficiency certifications.

http://urbismagazine.com/articles/q-and-a-living-house/

A full version of the text is downloadable in the pdf to the right
 
June 2017 - stuff.co.nz

Not content with an impressive 10 Homestar Design rating for their rammed earth house, Aucklanders Rochelle and Joel Payne are going for the green home trifecta...

http://www.stuff.co.nz/life-style/homed/houses/93819458/couple-aim-for-sustainability-trifecta-with-rammed-earth-house

A full version of the text is downloadable in the pdf to the right
June 2017 - The Fifth Estate

The sustainability trifecta : Another recent 10 Star V3 Design rating in Auckland is targeting the “trifecta” of sustainability – Homestar, Living Building Challenge and Passive House certification. The four-bedroom, two-storey with attached one bedroom apartment “Living House” is being developed by a husband and wife team – Joel Payne, a building materials business owner, and Rochelle Payne, a sustainable building consultant.

A full version of the text is downloadable in the pdf to the right
June 2017 - East Life Magazine

Rochelle Payne’s friends reckon she might be bonkers. She’s a working mother studying for a PhD yet she and husband Joel, an aircraft engineer turned building materials business owner, have taken on the Living Building Challenge – building a ‘green’ home to the most rigorous global standards.

A full version of the text is downloadable in the pdf to the right
5 July 2017 - Eastern Courier 

Not content with an impressive 10 Homestar Design rating for their rammed earth house, Aucklanders Rochelle and Joel Payne are going for the green home trifecta...

https://www.neighbourly.co.nz/e-edition/eastern-courier/19430

A full version of the text is downloadable in the pdf to the right
 
May 2017 - Pohutukawa Coast Times

What does the Great Wall of China have in common with a house soon to be built on a section in First View Ave, Beachlands?