We are stoked to be featured in the ‘Trends’ issue of NZ House and Garden, November 2017. The ehaus House in Twizel designed and built by Hiberna sparked interest locally (as evident by the many visits from locals) as well as nationally. It is also performing beautifully: the current tenants didn’t even have any matches to light the fire when we turned up to take photographs one July morning. I wonder if they realised there is no other heating? Not your average Twizel bach, that’s for sure. Thanks to Alpine Images for the fabulous photos.
Watch our Pecha Kucha on our philosophy: How the most recent technology, combined with century-old construction techniques produces the best buildings – for our health, the planet and our souls: http://www.pechakucha.org/presentations/techno-mud-optimising-natural-building
Here are some of the best TED talks on building green:
Catherine Mohr explains why there is no ‘ideal’ solution
there’s a thousand and one articles out there telling us how to make all these green trade-offs. And they are just as suspect in telling us to optimize these little things around the edges and missing the elephant in the living room.
Legend William McDonough, author of Cradle to Cradle explains what buildings would be like if designers took into account “all children, all species, for all time.”
It is unfortunate that the words humility and the word architect have not appeared in the same paragraph since The Fountainhead
Dan Phillips shows what is possible if you endeavour to use entirely reclaimed materials (assuming you have a lot of time, and a sense of humour!) His ability to reinvent waste objects into beautiful features is astounding.
Repetition creates pattern. If I have a hundred of these, a hundred of those, it doesn’t make any difference what these and those are. If I can repeat anything, I have the possibility of a pattern from hickory nuts and chicken eggs, shards of glass, branches. It doesn’t make any difference.
We recommend this book to all our clients. It is a fabulous, well illustrated explanation of what brings delight to design.
Get hold of this book of fun projects for the greenie in everyone:
Read about Sofie Pelsmakers excellent book, the Environmental Design Pocket Book.
This handy illustrated pocketbook focuses on how to design new low carbon architecture. It does all the hard work for you, distilling the most relevant information about sustainable design theory, technology, building science, current legislation and best practice into a simple format that is quick and easy to use. Written for architects and students of architecture as well as engineers, planners, clients and developers, this handy pocketbook for low energy building design should help you design truly sustainable buildings. It covers principally housing design in the UK, but many principles apply elsewhere. The Environmental Design Pocketbook has been commended and received both good press, reviews and reader and industry support.
Includes reference to Jessica’s research in the UK.
Last year Jessica was interviewed for a podcast on HomeStyleGreen with Matthew Cutler-Welsh. Listen to the interview here.