Planning for climate change

Planning for climate change

Many coastal settlements outside of the main urban areas have become permanent residential areas, no longer simply collections of idiosyncratic wee baches at the water’s edge only inhabited in summer. Over time infrastructure like roads, electricity and sewerage has further developed to service them. And much of the settlement of Waitati, for example, is situatedRead more about Planning for climate change[…]

Is your house making you sick?

Is your house making you sick?

 In a recent paper the Royal Australasian College of Physicians called on politicians to improve unhealthy housing in New Zealand. The college’s New Zealand president, Auckland cardiologist Jonathan Christiansen, said doctors were treating patients who are struggling with preventable illnesses every day.”Cold, old, damp and mouldy houses directly links to poor health through respiratory illnesses, andRead more about Is your house making you sick?[…]

In the flood zone: Towards making progress

In the flood zone: Towards making progress

For the past three months two third year Otago university students, studying sociology, have been helping us with our research for our ClimateSafeHouse project. Will and Rachael have been learning about how to gauge the public’s perception of climate change through interviews and surveys and how to help enable community based adaptation to climate change.Read more about In the flood zone: Towards making progress[…]

Design 2.0

Design 2.0

We’ve been excited by work produced by 3rd year Design Students from Otago Polytechnic, who are working with us on the ClimateSafeHouse Project. We enjoyed attending a group presentation of 3 detailed designs for a one, two and three bedroom modular transportable home recently. Feedback from the ClimateSafeHouse exhibition earlier this year helped inform theseRead more about Design 2.0[…]

Building Resilience

Building Resilience

  This Monday the Blueskin Resilient Communities Trust held a workshop in Waitati titled Building Community Resilience. Eugenie Sage MP gave a presentation on her experiences surviving the Christchurch earthquakes and what she thought would be helpful for increasing community resilience in preparation for an emergency event. This was followed by a brainstorming session onRead more about Building Resilience[…]