Superhome movement for Wanaka
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.
Wanaka Mitre 10, 35 Plantation Road, Wanaka
Tuesday October 10,
Anne Salmond, Jonathan Holmes and Mark Watson.
Discussing energy efficient homes.