Links to my friends in the local natural building community, and to other inspiring people and organisations.
95bFM - The originator.
Australian DIY Shack - If you are looking for a solution to the housing affordability crisis, you can work remotely and you have enough money for a little plot in the country, then this Australian self build might be an inspiration. You would need to change a few details to make it suitable for the New Zealand context but this shows you the general idea. The author says he has "minimal building experience" and has "learnt a lot watching others on you tube".
Bio Build - Alan Drayton’s earth and natural building construction company. Building Biology expert. Auckland based.
Building Limes Forum - The Building Limes Forum exists to encourage expertise and understanding in the appropriate use of building limes and education in the standards of production, preparation, application and after-care.
BuildWell - Engaging videos and educational material on climate friendly design and construction.
Canelo Project - Bill and Athena Steen's non-profit organisation, working to connect people, culture and nature.
Delia Bellaby - Delia is the current chair of the Earthbuilding Association of NZ, and an architect practicing in Southland.
Earth Building Association of New Zealand (EBANZ) - Promoting the art and science of earth and natural building.
Graeme North, Architect - Graeme is the foremost expert in earth and natural construction in New Zealand. He is semi retired but I use him as a consultant on my natural building projects.
Hemp Building Association New Zealand (HBANZ) - Promoting & supporting hemp construction. Jo Say is very passionate about this method and happy to support others on their hemp building journey.
Jimmy Cotter - Jimmy has over 25 years experience in rammed earth and has built over 60 rammed earth buildings throughout New Zealand. Wanaka based.
Kōanga - The Home of New Zealand’s largest heritage seed bank & food plant collection.
Limewave - Stephen Moller, specialist in natural plasters, renders and paints. European trained. Auckland based.
Lucy Dixon - Competent natural plasterer and renderer. South Island based.
Mark Nobel - Mark is an artist working with natural paints and pigments. He can do murals suitable for eco buildings. Rotorua based.
Natural Build Ōtaki - Thomas Beauchamp is a very experienced earth and natural builder, based in the Kapiti Coast.
Natural Building Co. - Eddie Chambers is an ambitious structural engineer with a passion for earthen and natural buildings. He also facilitates natural building workshops, community events and aid projects. Based in the Bay of Plenty.
NZ Farm Forestry Association - Promoting the wise use of trees for profit, amenity, sustainability and the environment.
Rose Tuffery - Rose loves working with clay. She is a competent earthen plasterer and ceramic artist. Coromandel based.
Simple Humus Toilet - Artist Thomas Lauterbach demonstrates an elegant “DIY” composting toilet. The concept was introduced to him by Friedensreich Hundertwasser.
Simple Permaculture Based Grey Water Treatment System - Episode of Living Big In A Tiny House where Bryce Langston visits Murray's tiny house and gets a tour of his DIY grey water treatment system.
Soil & Health Association of New Zealand - Oranga nuku, oranga kai, oranga tāngata / healthy soil, healthy food, healthy people.
Solid Earth Adobe Buildings - Verena Maeder, earth building construction and brick manufacturer. European trained. Nelson based.
Stefan Warnaar - Specialising in traditional rammed earth walls and floors without cement, with techniques learnt in Europe. Also working with Tadelakt. Christchurch based.
Straw Home HB - Pat Mawson is an experienced straw bale builder. Former chair of the Earth Building Association of New Zealand. Hawke’s Bay based.
Thijs Drupsteen - Thijs is consulting engineer experienced in the use of natural and earth materials. Northland based.
Tim Oldham - Tim is a very experienced natural and earth builder.
The Vegan Society of Aotearoa, New Zealand - Plant based living.
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