Our regular blogs are a mine of useful information. They’re written by industry experts with an in-depth knowledge and a passion for building homes that are high on benefits and low on damage to the environment. We hope you find the information in these blogs helpful and beneficial as you plan to build your own eco-friendly home.

  • Why Triboard?

    Triboard is a 3-layered panel with a wood strand core sandwiched between an MDF outer “skin”. The result is a clean-lined panel that has high resilience and impact resistance and greater stiffness than other similar products. The dimensionally stable core provides superb load bearing and screw holding, and the MDF surfaces give a smooth finish … Continued

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  • Insulation not only for winter!!

    Retrofit | Renovate | Building a new house A well insulated house – new or old – means less energy to heat and cool and improved comfort for you and your family. It will also reduce the risk of illness from damp, cold and mould. About 10% of a home’s heat can be lost through … Continued

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  • What is a Blower Door test?

    The Blower Door – for accurate airtightness testing The Blower Door unit effectively tests the airtightness of the construction. It is easy to use and fits into any external door of your home or building. It can be used on existing buildings for air leakage testing, or on new builds to test the seal of … Continued

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  • Why do we need to build airtight?

    Airtightness is a critical part of achieving an energy efficient, healthier home or building What is airtightness? Airtightness is a term used when referring to the control of air and moisture through a building’s structural envelope. By eliminating zones where uncontrolled air infiltrates a building’s structure, a high level of airtightness is achieved. Why is … Continued

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  • Consent process by Selwyn District Council

    The council’s function is to ensure that all buildings constructed within the Selwyn District are safe, sanitary and fit for their purpose. To achieve this we administer the Building Act 2004 and the Resource Management Act 1991, and ensure that buildings are constructed to meet the minimum requirements of the New Zealand Building Code. We … Continued

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  • Insulated Foundations

    MAXRaft® represents a new frontier in the drive towards warmer, drier, healthier homes. Our patented MAXRaft is the only fully insulated and thermally broken slab on the market today. Based in Queenstown, with representatives in Auckland and Christchurch, we are a passionate team that are dedicated to providing properly insulated homes for our customers. MAXRaft® … Continued

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  • BuildWise by Bob Burnett

    Christchurch City Council’s “Share an idea” campaign after the earthquakes opened a community floodgate of ideas on how our future can be better. Among the recommendations were strong calls to make Christchurch a green and energy efficient city. This included better housing that maintains the health and wellbeing for the occupants. With so much of … Continued

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  • Good design is a good investment

    When it comes to houses most kiwi’s don’t understand the value of good design or even what it is, what it can do for them and what differentiates good design from bad. Predominately they just want to grab a standard plan that someone else built from in the past, make a few changes and try … Continued

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  • What is a Build Agent?

    What is a renovation and build agent? A renovation and build agent balances the competing demands of your project so you can get on with life. They are an extension of you – your advocate, working for you to ensure your desired outcome is achieved, whilst managing the detail to make it happen. Why use … Continued

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  • Solid Foundation by Claudia K.

    Welcome to our blog. In the next couple of weeks and months we will be blogging, from an energy efficient home design, to the finished energy efficient building. Throughout our journey we will touch base around www.homestar.org.nz and www.lifemark.co.nz and their requirements, discuss the issues with moisture problems and their consequences. Regular updates on the … Continued

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