About Us - Solid Earth

Verena Maeder

Verena Maeder

Verena is owner of SOLID EARTH LTD since 2002 and is an earth building artisan with 19 years experience in the construction of earth buildings in Switzerland, Germany and New Zealand..

Verena has trained in Architecture and Building Biology and Ecology in Switzerland, where she has done a lot of research on earth building and has written a paper on the health aspects of earth as a building material. She is specialized in earth wall finishing, earthen plasters and the restoration of historic buildings.

Since 2007 Verena is the chair woman of the Earthbuilding Association NZ.

In 2010 she received the EBANZ Elizabeth Drupsteen Award for outstanding service to earth building in New Zealand.

Consultants to SOLID EARTH LTD

Carlo Wiegand

Carlo has been co-owner of Solid Earth Ltd from 2002 - 2010 and has got 15 years of earth building experience. In NZ he has been involved in the construction of a number of mud brick houses. He continues to sub-contract to Solid Earth Ltd for earthbuilding construction and brick laying jobs.

Carlo has trained as an environmental scientist and has worked on several projects about building ecology in Switzerland. He has left SolidEarth to find new challenges in this field.

Bella & Richard Walker

Bella and Richard are designers of earth buildings and have held many earth building workshops in both the North and South Islands of New Zealand during the past 23 years. Their former home in Todd Valley was the first adobe house with load bearing walls to receive a building permit in New Zealand in recent times and helped initiate a revival in earth building in New Zealand.

Richard is a consulting registered engineer with 35 years experience in the design and construction supervision of large and small scale projects in both New Zealand and overseas. He prepared the draft for the New Zealand Standard for earth buildings not requiring specific design and has done the engineering design for approximately 100 new earth houses in New Zealand including those in adobe, cob, rammed earth and wattle and daub.

Bella and Richard were awarded the Elizabeth Drupsteen Memorial Award in 1997 for their outstanding contribution in promoting earth building.

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