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Eco-Thrifty Renovation
Eco-Thrifty Renovation
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10 Arawa Place, Whanganui, NZ
+64 22 635 0868
Climate zone:
Warm Temperate

Julie Smith Loren Taylor Luyendyk Paul Murray Stefan Scott
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Eco-Thrifty Renovation

Project Type

Urban, Residential, Demonstration, Educational

Project Summary

The Eco-Thrifty Renovation takes on an abandoned villa and a section full of rubbish and weeds, and will turn it into an energy-efficient home surrounded by fruit trees and vegetable gardens...on a budget. See: www.ecothriftydoup.blogspot.com

Project Description

This demonstration project is set in a low decile neighborhood in Whanganui, New Zealand. It seeks to retrofit a 100 year-old villa for energy-efficiency in the most cost-effective manner. Passive solar re-design is combined with thermal mass, insulation, draft-proofing and solar hot water. Simultaneously, the section is being converted from an unoffical local rubbish tip full of invasive weeds into a high productivity/low maintenance foodscape. We offer high quality/low cost workshops to the local community, host international interns, do consulting work and maintain a project blog. We have also entered into a contract with local schools to provide sustainability education based on the project.


Nearly 6 months in...

Closing in on a half-year of work, we pause for a brief look at progress before winter sets in on us.

Posted about 13 years ago (0 comments)
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