EB News 59


EB News 59                    July 2010

EB News is an email newsletter featuring events & workshops
promoting earth building & low impact living.

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Editor says: Hey, yes it’s winter (in NZ) and there is a general feeling of hibernation, AND YET
there are still fantastic things happening in Aotearoa !! Have a look, and please send me your events!

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Earthbuilding Workshop
10 – 12 September 2010, Nelson

Friday 10th, Saturday 11th and Sunday 12th September 2010
9.00 a.m. – 4.00 p.m.

SolidEarth Adobe Brickyard, Wakapuaka, Nelson North

$ 270.00 for the three days. This includes materials and theoretical information.
Hot drinks and a warm lunch will be provided. Please bring your own snacks.

We restrict places to twelve participants in order to do some serious hands-on work in small groups and enable you to get one-to-one tuition.
You will be either working on one project of your choice or rotate to experience the many possibilities of the building material earth.

Topics covered

Making and laying Adobe Bricks
Building walls and furniture from cob, light-earth, wattle-and-daub (traditional techniques)
Sculpting an outdoor pizza oven
Experimentation with earthen plasters, natural paints and sealants
Earthbuilding theory and professional techniques
Visit of a commercial Adobe Brickyard and view realized projects relating to the above topics

With “hands-on” we also mean “feet-on”.
Preparation of the earth mixes involves a bit of mud-dancing. You are bound to get quite dirty, so please dress appropriately and bring some gumboots.

Please book as soon as possible – preferably by the 1st September 2010 – as spaces are limited.
Fill in and send the form below to: SolidEarth Adobe Buildings, Main Rd, Wakapuaka, RD1 Nelson
Please enclose the workshop fee in full in order to secure your space. Make cheques payable to SolidEarth Adobe Buildings Ltd or pay directly onto our bank account No. 38-9003-0705891-00.
We do not refund the fee in case you are not attending the workshop. However we will return the full amount in case of cancellation due to too few enrolments.

For more information and enrolment please contact Verena on
(03) 545 0240 or 021 036 3938 or send us an e-mail:

(Bill Mollison, David Holmgren and Steve Cran)

Australian Permaculture Convergence 2010
Kuranda, September 24-27, 2010, Australia

In three decades the movement has now grown into an international network with thousands of system designers on every continent on the planet. Permaculture has been described as one of Australia’s most significant “intellectual exports”
(Holmgren, 2009).


(image credit below)

Gisborne Eco Home Tour
26 September 9-3pm

Limited seating !
Bookings essential !!!
Contact: Tairawhiti Environment Centre
Phone: 06) 8674708

(image credit R. Walker – house shown is not on the tour)

Earthen Hand

Sign up to Scott Howard’s e-newsletter, or travel over to the USA, Oregon (or Puerto Rico!) to attend a workshop of his!
Scott is passionate and is constantly in touch with EB News to promote his hugely popular courses.

2010 Workshop Schedule

Cob Basics and Beyond………..August 21-22

Cob Farm House………………….August 24-29

Cob Oven Workshop……………..Oct 2-3

Check him out or Sign-up today at:


“First Tuesday”
Sustainability Speakers Series 2010

14 ERSON Ave, Royal Oak.

Auckland 7-9pm. (corrected address)

$5-00 Koha at Door

Ongoing course as per below:

3 August
John Darroch
Transforming the Suburbs—Young Voices Moving Us Forward into Sustainability
7 September
Lynda Hallinan
Living off of the Produce (and the Proceeds) of My Own Garden
5 October
Finn Mackesy
Urban Permaculture: Modern Solutions for Sustaining Auckland

For more info contact: Scott Theimann
Tel: (09) 625 9811 Mob: 027 622 9811


Towards Renewable Energy
Saturday 4th September 10 – 4, Kaiwaka

Tutors: Sabine Drueckler and Wolfgang Hiepe
Cost: $90
Design your life to use more renewable energy, and get away with using less. This workshop will explore the philosophical and ecological ideas which make us change the way we live. Looks at how much electricity you really need. How can you reduce your consumption? Explore what is available in the alternative energy sector, see what Sabine and Wolf have done, and make plans for what you can do at your place.

or phone us at the shop: 09 4312732.
We ask for a deposit of 50% of the cost of the workshop
when you make your booking.
Payment can be by cheque or internet banking.

ECOFEST – Nelson
Saturday, August 21, 2010 – Sunday, August 22, 2010
It’s the tenth birthday of this fantastic annual event!
Over 120 exhibitors of environmentally-friendly products, services & innovations. Everything from sustainable transport to alternative energy, eco design, household products, kids’ trail and organics.
All this supported by free seminars, organic cooking demonstrations, heaps of hands-on workshops and interactive opportunities to learn about everything sustainable!


Highly recommended by the Editor !!

“As part of our kaupapa to encourage and support sustainable living in NZ, we organise Events, Workshops and Permaculture Design Courses.  These are at the leading edge in the art and science of sustainable living, and are part of the emergence of a ‘post-industrial’ culture which creates abundance and works with ‘nature’.”


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Featured Otago

Otago Polytechnic Living Campus Retrofit

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We are starting the design process to retrofit one of our small, transportable office buildings.  As it is nearly house-sized, the aim of the retrofit is to showcase a range upgrades possible for Dunedin homeowners to adapt their house to be warmer, more efficient, and to support a range of behaviours.
I work at the Otago Polytechnic, and am interested in discovering the good life.  I want to live a delightful, more connected life, enjoying the company of my friends and family.  For me living the good life means not feeling the drag of a long term mortgage, or knowing that I will always need to commute far distances in a car, or paying to heat an entire large empty house when I can’t have people over for a party.  It means having the time and energy to help others and contribute to my community.  Big ups to my friends who are spending heaps of personal energy running for city council or being a leader at their church or community board.  The more we see people contributing in those ways, the more we are prosperous as a community.
The building is known as “B-Block” – for the large B on the wall.  We will show a few good ideas, and display boards will explain other good options.  It will integrate with the Otago Polytechnic Living Campus that shows food production, good transport options, and efficient water use.
Specifically, we want to show good use of sun and renewable energy for heating, good use of durable materials, low energy use in the building, support local food production, and promote water conservation.  It will also promote lower overall resource with good design practices.  Most importantly, we have to provide a good working space for the Campus Services people who work in the building.
Key to the design process is collaboration and communication.  I’ve been advocating collaboration for awhile, but now I hope to practice it a bit more successfully.
“B-block” is the hub on campus for staff, housing the mail room and the
  • Demonstrate best-practice sustainable design for Dunedin homeowners and builders
  • Show good systems
  • Extend OP Living Campus – An outdoor exhibit exploring more sustainable living
So far we have approached a few people on campus, but we don’t have your input yet!  If you make a comment below, we will be sure to invite you to our next design review and include your ideas into the mix.
A local Architect graduate, Maria Callau of Puca Designs, has been working with us to help visualise some options for the upgrade.
Based on our initial ideas, she came up with some sketches.
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Our current topics for the display boards will focus on these areas:
  • Financing
  • Consenting – What needs a consent and what doesn’t
  • Alternative / Acceptable / Determination
  • Preparing documents for the council
  • Value – intrinsic, health, re-sale.
  • Heating and Warmth
  • Windows
  • Insulation
  • Appliances
  • Water
  • Waste
  • Transport
  • Beauty
  • Ownership
What else do we need?