I’ve talked a fair bit about our hopes of building a green-thinking home and now we’ve got some serious skin in the game. Our house is going to be a TV star!
The Living Green Show will be filming over summer and screening 2015 on The Living Channel. With all our talk of passive technology and uber insulation, the producers thought it would be a good showcase for these technologies -- I better get me a new pair of TV friendly gumboots!
When people hear that we’re building a new house, one of the first questions they ask is if it will be an eco house. 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.
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. So 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. And that’s what will make this house a TV star! Or at least that’s what we’re all hoping!
From Eco-Tourism, to greener cities and rural sustainable agricultural practices, as well as eco inventions and new build homes, The Living Green Show will travel New Zealand telling the stories of how Kiwis are trying to make the clean, green difference.
A family of four: writer, scientist, lego engineer and destruction specialist. Our previous home is featured in New Zealand Interior Style and this new project promises to provide plenty of great, green, smart and maybe madcap solutions to new building in New Zealand.