In our new build we want to do what so many New Zealanders dream of – we want to create a vibrant, stylish, comfortable and environmentally smart home. We are not interior designers or builders, so will be doing it the old fashioned way – with friends and family, and with a lot of elbow grease.
We like green and sustainable thinking, we believe passive technology works and with the world's resources clearly finite, it makes sense to us to use sustainable products where we can. However, we just don't have the cash to build a fully passive or solar house, or use the best and most beautiful eco products. Nor do we have the will or time to go full Grand Designs and build this whole house ourselves. Our project is also further complicated by being on a south facing site. So we need to be extra smart about how and where we orient and build our house (and it means solar is a lot more tricky.)
We're looking for some sort of middle ground. We want to use products and services that are as smart as we can manage. Everything has to work as hard as it possibly can for us, be it ventilation, insulation or windows. Rather than a Passivhaus, a solar oasis or an eco bubble, we're planning a smart green thinking house. One that is sensitive to the environment, built with smart design and systems, but that doesn't break the bank.
(Image of the Eden Project)