The Block NZ This year’s eco out­look

The Block NZ site fore­man Peter Wolfkamp talks us through the en­vi­ron­men­tally friendly el­e­ments of this year’s homes

Your Home and Garden - - Contents - Text com­piled by Fiona Ralph. Pho­tog­ra­phy by Tom Hol­low.

The Block NZ 2017 is em­brac­ing high-den­sity liv­ing with four teams build­ing semi-de­tached ter­race hous­ing in North­cote, Auck­land. While not typ­i­cal eco-builds, this year’s prop­er­ties go above and be­yond the Build­ing Code. Site fore­man Peter Wolfkamp fills us in on the eco-friendly sys­tems and ma­te­ri­als adopted by this sea­son’s crews – from adding ex­tra in­su­la­tion to in­stalling rooftop gar­dens – and we also sug­gest a few ex­tra ways to make your home or ren­o­va­tion more eco-friendly.

PETER WOLFKAMP

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