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Earthbuilding School

1 : 1 Consults and Mentorships

We are proud to serve a growing international community of

students, builders, designers, homeowners and educators

who create healthy and beautiful living spaces that don't cost the Earth. 

Book a 1:1 CONSULT

Have you got technical questions or would you like to discuss your building plans?

Book Verena for a planning & building consult

Book a consultation to gain clarity, and save time & money on your earth building or retrofit project.

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.

Natural Building questions I can help with...

  • Soil testing and building material testing‚Äč to NZS4298:2020 

  • Sourcing materials

  • 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

  • Insurance questions

  • Please note!

    I can't tell you how much your home will cost, because there are too many variables that affect the price tag and the earthbuilding side of things is not actually the biggest influencing factor. 

    However, I can give you advice on how to save money in your building project.

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