Consenting and building with natural materials doesn't have to be difficult, and you don't need to learn the hard way...
I get a lot of satisfaction from helping people achieve their earth building dreams as simply as possible. Through my practical experience and my background in design, I can offer a balanced approach for your earth-building project that will save you time and money.
I work to the NZ Earth Building Standards and have experience adapting these to other countries if required. Even if your building won't be consented, you still want to make sure it is built well and strong.
I am available via zoom for online consultations and charge NZ$100+GST per hour for my time.
We can arrange site meetings if required, but for most clients this is not necessary.
Soil testing and building material testing to NZS4298:2020
Clarity on appropriate choice of natural building technique for your location and specific situation
Assessment of preliminary plans in regards to structural considerations, passive solar design, energy efficiency, weather proofing, ease of building to NZS4299:2020
Processes and logistics when making your own earth building products (quantities, streamlined manufacture set-up, timelines)
Quantity estimates for natural building materials from building plans
Support dealing with local building authorities
Support finding suitable building professionals (designer, engineer if required, builder, etc)
Assessing damage to earthen buildings and suggesting appropriate repair methodology
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