Local Govt | National News Video | Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Search


New eco design advisor service at Waitakere

Media Release

28 November, 2006

New eco design advisor service at Waitakere

Waitakere is offering a free eco design advice service for people planning to build or renovate their homes.

Eco design advisor Fred Braxton can give impartial advice on sustainable design topics such as energy, water and materials, for home building or renovation projects within the city’s boundaries.

Clients can make an appointment to meet him for up to two hours at their own site, at their designer’s office, or at the council - Waitakere Central, Henderson.

The position, which is being trialled by Waitakere in association with BRANZ, aims to make better use of resources.

Braxton says people are seriously considering environmental issues in their homes because they want to improve the health of their family, save money on energy and water bills, be more comfortable, and reduce their impact on the environment.

“They can have a more satisfying environment to live in, and probably increase the resale value of the house,” Braxton says.

He provides independent, factual, and practical building information on reducing energy bills, improving thermal performance, reducing water use, better waste management, careful material choices, and improved indoor air quality.

He has access to a large support network of specialists, design tools, assessment methods, and materials information – all free.

Not only homeowners but also designers and other building professionals can use the service.

For either a new build or a renovation, the best time to make use of Braxton's skills is at the preliminary design stage after any planning constraints have been identified.

The service is currently provided at only three councils in New Zealand, for a trial period of 10 months – Hamilton and the Kapiti Coast District councils are the others.


© Scoop Media

Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

Gordon Campbell: On How America’s Middle East Allies Are Poisoning The Ground Joe Biden Will Inherit

As even the US mainstream media has been reporting, the prime motive for the murder of Iran’s top nuclear scientist Dr. Mohsen Fakhrizadeh (by Israeli or Saudi operatives, or both) has been to poison the situation that the next US president will inherit. At best, there was only an outside chance that the incoming Biden administration and the outgoing liberal regime of Iranian PM Hassan Rouhani could have revived the Iran anti-nuclear deal that Rouhani had negotiated in 2015 with Barack Obama. Deliberately though, America’s allies have now made it impossible for Biden to pursue that option... More>>


Pay Gap: Progress On Pay Equity For DHB Staff

Today’s initial agreement between DHBs and the PSA on pay equity for clerical and administration staff is an important step toward better, fairer pay for this crucial and largely female workforce, Health Minister Andrew Little says. More>>


New Zealand Government: Speech From The Throne

It is my privilege to exercise the prerogative of Her Majesty the Queen and open the 53rd Parliament.
In the October election, New Zealanders elected a majority Government for the first time under our Mixed Member Proportional electoral system... More>>

Grant Robertson: Government To Review Housing Settings

New Zealand’s stronger-than-expected economic performance has flowed through to housing demand, so the Government will review housing settings to improve access to the market, the Finance Minister Grant Robertson announced today. “Our focus More>>


Media: Stuff Holds Itself Accountable For Wrongs To Māori

Stuff has today published the results of an investigation into itself, and issued a public apology, for the way the media organisation has portrayed Māori, the indigenous people of Aotearoa New Zealand, from its first editions to now. Tā Mātou Pono | More>>

New Zealand Government: To Declare A Climate Emergency

The Government will declare a climate emergency next week, Climate Change Minister James Shaw said today. “We are in the midst of a climate crisis that will impact on nearly every aspect of our lives and the type of planet our children will inherit ... More>>


Economy: Crown Accounts Reflect Govt’s Careful Economic Management

The better-than-expected Crown accounts released today show the Government’s careful management of the COVID-19 health crisis was the right approach to support the economy. As expected, the Crown accounts for the year to June 2020 show the operating balance ... More>>





InfoPages News Channels