CategoryBuilt Environment

Evident

This year during Global Entrepreneurship Week, in the spirit of celebrating all that New Zealand has to offer, Pure Advantage have teamed up with Kiwi Connect and the Edmund Hillary Fellowship to promote some of the incredible work that is being done in the green growth and clean-tech space in New Zealand, and showcase the opportunities that exist here. With small test populations, a spirit of...

Plexisun

“It all began because I wanted a hot shower when I came in from the Coromandel surf.” So says Richard Gourley, the man behind the ‘PlexiSun’ solar thermal collector range showing at this year’s Fieldays. From devising an award-winning sun-heated outdoor shower, Gourley has extended his innovation into an entire system of solar building panels. This is not photovoltaics, he explains. “It’s a...

The Housing Trifecta. Can we have homes that are affordable, healthy and resilient?

Our homes are important to us. Be it owned or rented our home is where we live, love, laugh, play, share and rejoice. It’s where we raise our kids, have dinner with friends, snuggle on the sofa to watch a movie and step on toys on the way to the loo in the middle of the night. Our homes though are creating some serious problems for us; both personally and as a society and country. There are many...

Making Kiwi Homes Warmer, Healthier and Better for the Planet

In the fifth in a series of profiles of New Zealanders championing sustainability, Kiwibank and Pure Advantage talk to public health researcher Professor Philippa Howden-Chapman about using smart housing design to cut carbon emissions in cities. Housing is one of Pure Advantage’s seven key areas of opportunity for New Zealand. Professor Philippa Howden-Chapman describes herself as “a lucky person...

Healthy Living

Te Uru Taumatua

When is it that we forgot about nature? Increasing evidence shows that natural materials, both in and outside your home are better for your health. Health and well-being embraces both physical health, and the psychological aspects of human performance. Designers are becoming increasingly interested in psychological and related physiological benefits of environmental factors. Intuition tells us...

Protecting and Conserving Water Supplies

Ockham Residential | StationR

Digital Water is a smart system for managing water use in residential properties. The system achieves water conservation and protection goals that water users and utilities need by using the latest technology. The heart of the system is the smart control valve: this allows the water supply flow rate at each property to be adjusted and remotely controlled, and provides metering of water using the...

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