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Keep NZ Earth Building Standards up to date

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Given by 132 generous donors in around 3 months

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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 YIMFY.

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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

Radio NZ piece on Morning Report  1 August 2019

If you haven't heard it there was a good article on Radio NZ this morning (1/0/19). Have a listen -

Thank you all so much for your help to date, please share to any groups you think might be interested.

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Latest donations

  • Freelove Farms

    Freelove Farms 4 days ago


    This is the amount I received as a tax refund this year, seems appropriate to give it back to you wonderful, dedicated souls who’s hard work and expertise will help us build our earth home in the future. Thank you, and good luck!!!


  • Cat

    Cat on 17 Aug 2019


    Thank you for working so damn hard to provide such incredible, world renowned standards. The updates are so detailed and clear enough for even the layman to follow.


  • Guest Donor

    Guest Donor on 15 Aug 2019


    thanks and good luck


  • Ruth

    Ruth on 14 Aug 2019



  • Frank

    Frank on 11 Aug 2019



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This page was created on 20 May 2019 and closes on 31 Aug 2019.
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