First off the blocks for heathier, more energy-efficient housing

By Eco Design Advisor on Wednesday, July 22nd, 2020 in Uncategorized.

Hutt City Council is the first New Zealand council to include building performance information on properties’ Land Information Memoranda (LIMs). Property owners now have option of having their homes or rental properties’ health, warmth and efficiency assessed, and their buildings’ performance certified on their LIMs. Council’s Director Environmental and Sustainability, Helen Oram, says while this […]

New houses emitting five times too much carbon – study

By Eco Design Advisor on Friday, January 24th, 2020 in New Build, Uncategorized.

This story was originally published on  and is republished with permission.  Researchers have calculated how much carbon dioxide a typical new three-bedroom home can afford to emit in its lifetime and still keep the world within 2 degree Celsius warming.The bad news is, New Zealand houses are five times over-budget. The good news is, we can fix it […]

The Dark Side of LED Lightbulbs

By Eco Design Advisor on Wednesday, November 1st, 2017 in Uncategorized.

“Are there health or environmental concerns with LED lightbulbs, which may soon replace compact fluorescents as the green-friendly light bulb of choice?”