Information on Ecological Building and Design
The BBE Institute has the following free information available for downloading, to give you an idea of the concepts behind healthy and sustainable building and harmonious living. More in depth information is available through our courses and workshops (see Education page).
Principles for a Sustainable, Healthy and Harmonious Built Environment
The BBE has 30 Principles to guide you to a better way of designing, building and living in buildings. They are divided into three categories - sustainable building, healthy building and harmonious living - making a truly holistic manifesto for eco building and lifestyle. Read these Principles and see how well your home, your lifestyle, your work and your neighbourhood live up to them!
The following information sheets introduce you to some of the main concepts of healthy and sustainable building, as well as provide practical tips on how to make your living environment better for you and the environment. More Information Sheets are to be developed in the next few months.
The Sustainable Home Guidelines
The Sustainable Home Guidelines were produced by the Waitakere City Council in conjunction with the Building Biology and Ecology Institute in the 1990s. They are packed with practical information on Sustainable Building that has withstood the test of time. The material is divided into 4 sections covering Energy, Materials, Sustainable Design and Water. If you wish to copy or re-use the information please acknowledge the source.