Su­per­home move­ment for Wanaka

Central Otago Mirror - - OUT & ABOUT - MAR­JORIE COOK WHAT: WHERE: WHEN:

Wanaka ar­chi­tect Anne Sal­mond is chal­leng­ing the as­sump­tion that build­ing an en­ergy ef­fi­cient home is ex­pen­sive.

Sal­mond is help­ing launch a su­per­home move­ment in Wanaka - and when Sal­mond talks about su­per homes, she does not mean a su­per-sized house.

She got in­volved in the move­ment af­ter the Christchurch earth­quakes de­stroyed 90 per cent of the city’s CBD and thou­sands of homes.

In Oc­to­ber, she joins forces with trade sup­plier Wanaka Mitre 10 to kick start a se­ries of lec­tures be­ing pitched to peo­ple in­ter­ested in de­sign, prop­erty and trades.

Sal­mond’s client, Jonathan Holmes, pro­moted the idea to his boss at Mitre 10, Mark Wat­son.

Holmes and his wife Nikki shifted to Cen­tral Otago from Welling­ton in 2011.

The former ac­coun­tant be­came in­ter­ested in so­lar en­ergy while work­ing for Con­tact En­ergy and is now study­ing to be an ar­chi­tec­tural tech­ni­cian, with Sal­mond as his men­tor. Holmes and Sal­mond said the move­ment was more than a col­lec­tive pro­mot­ing an en­er­gy­ef­fi­cient fu­ture.

It was also about chang­ing mind­sets: for ex­am­ple, aim­ing higher than the min­i­mum three star New Zealand Build­ing Code; to reach for a 6 - 10 star rat­ing or a Pas­sive House rat­ing.

Holmes be­lieves the move­ment could in­form the af­ford­able hous­ing de­bate, which fo­cuses on land sup­ply and try­ing to con­trol ris­ing land val­ues.

When fig­ur­ing out his bud­get and pre­ferred house size, he dis­cov­ered peo­ple were build­ing about 76 square me­tres in the United King­dom.

But Aus­tralians and New Zealan­ders were ex­ceed­ing 200 square me­tres.

Holmes says he would save by build­ing just what he needed and

‘‘Some sav­ings aren't mea­sured, like health.’’

get­ting good in­su­la­tion and lower power bills in the fu­ture.

‘‘And some [sav­ings] aren’t mea­sured, like health, com­fort, trips to the doc­tor be­cause you are sick, days off work,’’ Holmes said.

Sal­mond said if peo­ple con­tin­ued to treat the build­ing code as the tar­get, they could be caught out by ad­di­tional costs of retro fit­ting when new, higher min­i­mum stan­dards come in.

Su­per­home move­ment

launch

Wanaka Mitre 10, 35 Plan­ta­tion Road, Wanaka

Tues­day Oc­to­ber 10,

6.30pm.

MAR­JORIE COOK

Anne Sal­mond, Jonathan Holmes and Mark Wat­son.

MAR­JORIE COOK

Dis­cussing en­ergy ef­fi­cient homes.

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