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Episode 13: Waste Diversion

Episode 13: Waste Diversion

With the help of Queenstown Lakes District Council, it has been a goal of ours to minimise our waste as much as possible and document the diversion options we encounter in doing so. This episode tells that story and includes Wanaka Wastebusters, the new Wanaka...
Episode 12: A House of Hemp

Episode 12: A House of Hemp

IT’S HEMPCRETE TIME! In this episode, Locky and Joel from Erkhart Construction take us through the process of building with hempcrete. We also talk to Dave from Hempfarm NZ to hear about the coming Christchurch processing plant. The Series The objective is to...
Embodied Carbon of Thermally Modified Timber

Embodied Carbon of Thermally Modified Timber

Keen to understand more about thermally modified timber and why it is so environmentally friendly? Abodo Wood recently published a report about the embodied energy and global warming potential of their Vulcan product, which is used as a cladding and decking. In short,...
Episode 11: Wool and Earth

Episode 11: Wool and Earth

Christmas is a time for wooly jumpers right? No, it’s far too hot for that nonsense in NZ right now, so check out our wool and earth episode instead… We start this one off by taking a visit to a local high country station to check out their regenerative...
Episode 10: Sho Sugi Ban with Tilt & Turn Windows

Episode 10: Sho Sugi Ban with Tilt & Turn Windows

Episode 10.. We’re half way through! In this one we explore the carbon negative feature timber cladding by Abodo with a charred finish, as well as our European style tilt and turn windows from Eurotech Windoors. The Series The objective is to showcase the twists...
The Latest Sponsors to Join the Hawea Grove Party!

The Latest Sponsors to Join the Hawea Grove Party!

We’ve had some AMAZING sponsors come on board for the second half of the series! Round Three! We’re super proud to be working with these great brands… Asko Appliances and Kitchen Things – Supplying us with high quality kitchen appliances from...
Episode 09: Thermally Modified Timber

Episode 09: Thermally Modified Timber

Episode 09 of our Hawea Grove eco building series takes a look at Thermally Modified Timber (or TMT). We pay a visit to Tunnicliffe’s Timber, who are one of the few timber suppliers in NZ doing a thermally modified process using heat and steam, instead of...
Episode 08: We Have A Roof!

Episode 08: We Have A Roof!

In this episode we take a look at the roofing design and materials used, along with the environmental impact of steel roofing. The Series The objective is to showcase the twists and turns of creating and managing a sustainable, eco-focused building project, and to...
Episode 07: Planning Ahead for Energy Efficiency

Episode 07: Planning Ahead for Energy Efficiency

In the latest episode of our eco building series, we explore how people can plan ahead for energy efficiency. We take a look at window placement, thermal mass and thermal breaks, underfloor heating and solar panel placement. The Series The objective is to showcase the...
Sustainable Business Awards Finalist

Sustainable Business Awards Finalist

The Hawea Grove made it to the finals in the “Communicating for Impact” category! Last month, someone kindly sent us a link for the New Zealand Sustainable Business Awards. We had heard of this prestigious event before, but never even considered ourselves...
New Sponsors for the Interior Fit-out

New Sponsors for the Interior Fit-out

Building is progressing extremely well here at the Hawea Grove and we’re now looking to our plans for the interior. We’re really excited to announce a further five supporting partners, who will help us to make the inside of our home both beautiful and...
EPISODE 06: Waste Management

EPISODE 06: Waste Management

Do you realise how much waste a standard 3-bed new build creates? In this episode we explore some of the issues around construction industry waste, on-site recycling setups and seek advice from the local Queenstown Lakes District Council. The Series The objective is...