Rebuilding Workshop – Great Success

The combined rebuilding groups of Strathewen and St Andrews held their first workshop on Wednesday the 29th of July. It was a great first meeting of people within the community who intend to rebuild. The panel of experts provided answers and advice on a range of issues including BAL, owner building responsibilities and design issues.

A small but growing list of recommended trades people and building experts was distributed and can be found here:

Building Skills Register

This list is based on recommendations by local residents. The skills register should contain the names of trades people and experts who are reliable, ethical and will be available to contribute to the rebuilding effort. It is also very important that the nominated building professional has given permission for their name to appear on the list. We are calling for your recommendations and these can be left as comments on the blog and will be included into the skills register which will be updated regularly. (you can also send your recommendations to Toni-anne at
Toni-anne@readify.net)

Further workshops are planned for the coming weeks, mainly on a Sunday afternoon.

9th August (2:00pm – 4:00pm)

St Andrews Community Hall

Septic and Plumbing

Septic requirements and Green plumbing for heating of water, space heating and any other relevant plumbing questions answered

16th August

Power Options

Connection of new houses to power grid and discussions on alternative energy sources including solar and wind
23rd August

Earth Wall Construction    

Looking at Earth wall construction and the BAL requirements along with a demonstration. Discussion on the outcome of the Interim report of the Royal Commission

Times and locations to be advised closer to the dates.

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