Built Environment

This weekend is about the urban environment, appropriate technology and energy solutions, eco-buildings, natural building design & materials & design, plus ideas to retrofit your properties.

We will look at our living environment in ways to reduce our ecological footprints'; energy-efficient planning for responsible & sustainable living. Natural building design, orientation & layout for natural environments & land formation, city & suburban retrofitting, eco-communities and the use of local & renewable resources. Appropriate technology, sources of energy, including fossil fuels, physical renewable & bio-renewable and energy alternatives available. 



9 am - 10:00 am

W1:   Urban Permaculture: Learn to transform urban properties into beautiful functional, self-sufficient, comfortable,  and fun ecological landscape that serve the needs of our community in efficient ways. To use the rich diversity that the city has into circular systems creating highly sustainable practices. 


10:00 am - 10:45 am

W2: Resource Management: Encourages us to look for ways to minimise pollution and waste through designing systems to make use of all outputs.


11:15 am - 12:30 am

W3: Appropriate Technology: Encompassing technological choice and application that are small-scale, decentralized, labour-intensive, energy-efficient, environmentally sound, and locally autonomous. The list of what this looks like is vast... Which ones will work for our needs?


1:30 pm - 4:30 pm

W4: Renewable Energy: Get informed about the choices of different energy uses available and how they are being used in NZ currently. What is the future of our national and local energy use? And what are the best home options we can use and how do we go about installation.



9 pm - 10:30 pm

W5:  Bio-Energy: Biomass and organic waste are co-products of food production, wood and food processing and community living. These are valuable renewable natural resources which can be utilised for the production of valuable biobased products. 


11 pm - 3:00 pm

W6:  We cover how homes can be designed or retrofitted to offer human comfort while being efficient in resource use. Eco and natural materials are introduced, including how they can be used or integrated into conventional construction. Application of appropriate technology within.


Tickets and Price Options:

$220 = Full weekend ticket

$115 = Saturday only

$115 = Sunday only 


Refreshments provided

Bring a lunch (optional to share on a potluck table) 


Register Here

Canterbury Permaculture Institute

Saturday, July 11, 2020 - 09:00 to Monday, July 13, 2020 - 14:45
Location / Venue: 

Averbury House - 9 Eveleyn Couzins Ave, Richmond, Christchurch 8013

$220 - $115 - $60
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