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Keep NZ Earth Building Standards up to date

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Save our Earth Building Standards to ensure a key component for developing healthy, affordable, energy saving, and carbon sequestering homes

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If we are to radically reduce the C02 emissions of the built environment, the materials with which we build are hugely important. Earthen materials have a low carbon footprint and are relatively easy to construct and, because New Zealand has a suite of Earth Building Standards, gaining consent is relatively straight forward.

The standards are highly regarded internationally and have provided Building Consent Authorities, architects, engineers, builders and home owners a clear pathway toward building and consenting earthen buildings for the past twenty years. However, lessons learnt from the Christchurch and Kaikoura earthquakes, and the results of new research need to be incorporated. To save our standards, and to remain world leaders in earth building technology, they must be updated.

EBANZ is working in partnership with Standards NZ to bring development work on the standards to its conclusion. Funding is estimated to be $95,000 and to date donations have raised around $55,000 but we still have $40,000 to go.

EBANZ has teamed up with YIMFY (Yes! In My Front Yard); a charity promoting and developing ways of making buildings that foster the health and well-being of both the people who occupy them and the global ecosystems of which they are part. A tax credit can be claimed for donations to the earth building standards through Give A Little.

About us

The Earth Building Association of New Zealand (EBANZ) exists to promote the use of earth and other natural building materials. EBANZ acts as a source of information on natural building methods and techniques especially for New Zealand conditions and as a network group for those interested in natural building here and overseas.

Use of funds

Paying for the draft updated standards to be reviewed by Standards New Zealand in order to maintain a viable and clear pathway to consenting earth houses in NZ

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Latest update

Another milestone reached!  10 October 2019

We’re another step closer to the publication of the updated Earth Building Standards. The submissions/comments phase is complete and there was a lot of interest and a great many comments were received. Standards NZ plan to have the three standards approved by the Standards NZ Board and published early in 2020.

Once published the NZ Earth Building Standards will be available for free!! Another great reason to support this initiative.

Many thanks to all the donors to date, we have raised enough for the next payment due this month but we still need to raise the final amount for publishing, due at the end of November. At this stage the Government/MBIE have given us no indication they will support this process financially, (even at this late stage for such a small amount). We still need your help to get this over line. Please consider sharing our campaign in your community or contact us directly if you have any contacts or other avenues we can pursue to raise this final amount.

Many thanks again, from all the Earth Building NZ team.

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Latest donations

  • JFK Ltd

    JFK Ltd 1 hour ago



  • Keir Landscaping Ltd

    Keir Landscaping Ltd 4 hours ago


    Great work


  • Hannah

    Hannah 17 hours ago



  • Dale

    Dale 21 hours ago


    Am planning on building a Earthship at a later date so these standards will make things alot easier, thanks for all your hard work


  • Ross

    Ross 23 hours ago


    One day I would love to build my own home, and earth building would be a great option. Standards will allow me and many others the opportunity to do just that and have the building complied and consented.


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This page was created on 20 May 2019 and closes on 30 Nov 2019.
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