Home Style Green - Sustainable Design and Building

Something a little different this week. I’ve had some excellent questions sitting in my inbox for a while and I thought that many could benefit from them. In this Q&A session I cover Homestar, thermal mass, heating and cooling options and small, affordable home design. 

Direct download: 88_Q__A.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 9:28pm NZST

Do you need a professional project manager for either the design stage or the construction stage of your building project? I discuss the basics of good project management with podcaster, engineer, business owner and soon-to-be author, Cesar Abeid. 

Direct download: 87_Project_Management.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 6:07am NZST

Eaves are the classic case of form following function. In this podcast I lay out my three key reasons for having them, but a key question is, 'how big should eaves be?'

Direct download: 86_Eaves_-_How_big_should_they_be.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 10:01pm NZST

Resilience and sustainability are different. Sustainability feels more long term to me. It's about using resources wisely with future generations in mind. Resilience is more about weathering the storm. There is an overlap and so both are important.

If being resilient encourages people to invest in rainwater harvesting and solar panels with battery backup, thereby also being more sustainable, then surely that's a good thing for everyone. 

Is one more important than the other, or can resilience be a really handy way of selling sustainability?

Plus, my top five tips for having a resilient home. 

Direct download: 85_Sustainability_vs_Resilience.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 11:13pm NZST