Homes to benefit all

Last updated 07:47 12/02/2013

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Agroup of fast-talkers will share their visions for sustainable housing at Puke Ariki tomorrow night.

Among the lineup of speakers in the Pecha Kucha: How Green is Green event is Hemp Technologies man Greg Flavall, of New Plymouth.

He is passionate about making the world greener through the topical crop. "I have come back to New Zealand to grow hemp, process hemp and build with hemp," he says.

"Our homes made with hemp and lime will breathe."

Flavall plans to talk about how using hemp in building will immediately "lock up" carbon dioxide, between 15 and 20 metric tonnes in every home, which means that won't be going into the atmosphere to add to greenhouse gases.

"During the life of the building, it will continue to absorb carbon dioxide."

A hemp house will last for a minimum of 500 years and then after that it can be reduced, reused, recycled and composted.

The hemp entrepreneur and six other speakers will be talking to 20 pictures for 20 seconds each in this event, being run in partnership with PechaKucha Taranaki.

How Green is Green stems from the summer exhibition, Kiwi Prefab: Cottage to Cutting Edge, a collaboration between Puke Ariki and Victoria University of Wellington.

Another Pecha Kucha speaker is Jon Iliffe, from ecoBuild Developments in Whanganui. He's on a mission to share his vision on building dwellings to a well- prescribed energy standard used in Europe.

"The amount of energy of space heating is reduced by up to 80 to 90 per cent," he says.

"The spinoff is a very healthy environment to live in because you are not getting big temperature swings."

Iliffe will also talk about how cutting down on home heating will benefit the world in the long-term.

Other speakers for the 6pm event are: Andrew Olsen, Michael Lawley, Pamela Bell, Dion Cowley and Grindl Dockery.

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