Eco de­sign

Matamata Chronicle - - Building -

There are many web­sites and books that can help you and New Zealand has some of the best. If there is an Eco De­sign ad­viser in your coun­cil, book an ap­point­ment, the ear­lier the bet­ter.

This is a free ser­vice that many coun­cils of­fer (go to www.ecodes­ig­nad­vi­sor.org.nz for more in­for­ma­tion).

The ser­vice pro­vides free, in­de­pen­dent, tai­lored ad­vice on sus­tain­abil­ity op­tions to home­own­ers and in­dus­try pro­fes­sion­als in­volved in home build­ing and ren­o­va­tion projects.

The ad­vis­ers are in­de­pen­dent in­dus­try spe­cial­ists work­ing to help peo­ple make well-in­formed de­ci­sions about the way homes are con­structed and about how to keep them sus­tain­able into the fu­ture.

Is­sues con­sid­ered in­clude health and com­fort, sav­ings on en­ergy and wa­ter bills (in­clud­ing so­lar wa­ter heat­ing), choice of sus­tain­able ma­te­ri­als and the im­pact on the en­vi­ron­ment.

Dur­ing the con­struc­tion process, en­cour­age good com­mu­ni­ca­tion be­tween trades, keep a tidy site and set up re­cy­cling fa­cil­i­ties.

These steps will help re­duce waste of ma­te­ri­als, time, and money.

Con­sider us­ing dou­ble glaz­ing on win­dows, in­stal­la­tion of so­lar wa­ter heaters there is fi­nan­cial sup­port from the En­ergy Ef­fi­ciency and Con­ser­va­tion Au­thor­ity (www.eeca.govt. nz) for in­stal­la­tion of these, and in­stal­la­tion of grey wa­ter (wa­ter used for wash­ing) re­cy­cling for in­stance, use in the gar­den or flush­ing toi­lets.

Keep a close eye on the de­tails of in­stal­la­tion of in­su­la­tion: Did you know that hav­ing a 4mm gap at the edge of a ceil­ing in­su­la­tion batt or cut­ting large holes in the in­su­la­tion to fit ceil­ing down­lights, can re­sult in a 40 per cent loss of in­su­la­tion R-value?

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