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What kind of permaculture house is likely to get planning permission in New Zealand?

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Hi! I'd like to ask if anyone knows about the kinds of building methods that would be suitable for New Zealand (Manawatu-Wanganui region, in particular) and are likely to get planning approval. Does anyone know of any examples or people that have succeeded in getting approval and building a home?
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They definitely build rammed earth houses in New Zealand because there are papers that talk about how well they have or have not held up to earthquakes. Also, there is an alternative building code. Just look around a bit on New Zealand government websites for alternative building.
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Kia ora Jj. I live in this region and we are fortunate to have a highly experienced and qualified natural builder here. His name is Matt Cassells, and he is one of the instructors in our PDC (we're co-teaching energy and tech online this weekend). He's done rammed earth, cob, light straw, and many other variants of construction, including restoration work on some historic cob structures in the South Island. I can put you in touch with him if you like.

There are earth building standards which have been adopted in the Building Standards Code, and EBANZ has been instrumental in making this happen. Since the main types are in the code, councils have to use that as their guidance (although some councils are better than others when it comes to cluefulness among their planners and inspectors).
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