Got a cold house? Funding for free insulation through EECA’S Warm Up New Zealand Programme is still available, however only until the end of June. Community Energy Action (CEA) provides subsidies for insulation, heating assistance, free recycled curtains and energy efficiency advice for all in Canterbury. Call 0800 GET WARM, or visit www.cea.co.nz to find out more. Conditions apply.
Seven of Christchurch’s most innovative and sustainable homes will be opened to the public at weekends in May to encourage people to build smarter, including three in St Albans.
Continue reading Eco-friendly home tour
When vehicles larger than a family car travel through floodwaters in Christchurch they create waves and the water flows into houses. It will be a while before CCC can get around to fixing the problem in Flockton Street caused by the sinking of the land. Maybe two years.
One of our readers has come up with this idea, as a temporary measure, to bring attention to the problem. You can see this in the photoshopped image to the right.
Is it enough to remind drivers of their impact? Should it be another colour? What do you think? Comment below.
Community organisation CanCERN is co-ordinating a Find and Fix project to discover and temporarily repair 900+ badly damaged earthquake homes before winter.
Continue reading Free repairs for some EQ homes
In February, TVNZ reported that the average rental price in mid-range suburbs such as St Albans was $430-$460, the same rentals being paid in mid-range Mt Roskill, Titirangi and Papakura in Auckland. However, it costs renters more to live in Christchurch because the city has not been granted the same level of taxpayer subsidy as that offered in Auckland.
Continue reading St Albans accommodation roundup
A group planning to take legal action against EQC is seeking more residents to join the group action before the end of the month.
Continue reading Group taking action against EQC
A different developer this time but it looks like the Canon Street half of the former Orion site will house worker homes for up to 200 people. Resource consent was granted in January and residents notified on January 8.
Continue reading Worker village for Orion site (attempt 2)
Christchurch City Council will take part in a nationwide project early next year aimed at making rental housing safer to live in — especially for children, students and the elderly.
Continue reading CCC in rental WOF trial
Householders identified at being at risk of increased flooding vulnerability as a result of the Canterbury earthquakes will be sent individual letters to inform them of their status of their land claim in the New Year but will be largely responsible for their own protection following cash settlement that will follow when the process is completed.
The winning entry in a competition to design a house suitable for rebuilding on TC3 land will be built as a Southern Response TC3 show home on a site in Cranford Street.
Continue reading TC3 showhouse for Cranford St
Location: CCC offices, Hereford Street
Time: August 19, 12:30- 1.30pm
Description: Dr Louise Crabtree, a visiting scholar hosted by Lincoln University, will give a talk on Community Land Trusts and affordable housing. She has been involved with such trusts in Sydney, Australia.Dr Crabtree’s research focuses on the social, ecological and economic sustainability of community-driven housing developments in urban Australia. She is interested in the challenges encountered in scaling up or replicating innovation in housing design and delivery in different contexts.