one reason homes cost so much

The School of Life sheds some light on this problem.

“Bad architecture is in the end as much a failure of psychology as of design. It is an example expressed through materials of the same tendencies which in other domains will lead us to marry the wrong people, choose inappropriate jobs and book unsuccessful holidays: the tendency not to understand who we are and what will satisfy us.”
— Alain de Botton

Awards night

Just in my inbox.. Fingers crossed folks!


The biggest night on the business innovation and sustainability calendar is here and TV cameras and media are arriving to film and photograph the winners. Make sure you check watch TV over your breakfast in the morning, or follow us on Twitter to find out who the winners are in the 2014 

MSA on energy

The SBN awards are coming up next week and we actively have our fingers crossed.

Here's some info from SBN about our stance and development on energy.

MSA is the first housing company in New Zealand to provide solar power as a standard feature with homes. This produces all the energy needs for the home, charges a couple of electric vehicles and produces sufficient excess to repay the embodied energy within five years.

The solar array is not itemised or optional, so the MSA purchaser doesn't need to worry about the cost. Whether they’re environmentally conscious or not, their new home will be energy and carbon neutral with transportation included.

The MSA house is an ‘active house’. Unlike a passive house, MSA believes it’s better to invest in ample alternate energy from the start.