To­mor­row’s home to­day

Eco-wise build­ing

Kapi-Mana News - - NEWS - By KRIS DANDO

A home be­ing con­structed in Aotea is at the ‘‘lead­ing edge’’ in the build­ing in­dus­try, and its owner hopes more con­trac­tors will sit up and take no­tice.

The three-bed­room house, on Hol­ly­ford Pl, has been de­signed by Hayward Homes.

Ground was bro­ken in July and the hope is to have it fin­ished be­fore Christ­mas.

Fea­tures in­clude a full dig­i­tal so­lar heat­ing sys­tem; be­low­ground hot wa­ter heat­ing the in-floor sys­tem; PVC win­dows and door frames with dou­ble glaz­ing; all LED light­ing; a 4500-litre tank that con­nects to toi­lets and out­door taps; max­i­mum in­su­la­tion; in­duc­tion heat­ing hobs and low-en­ergy ap­pli­ances.

‘‘It’s about time all homes in New Zealand are built like this, with these fea­tures in mind,’’ says owner Grant Baker.

‘‘I know we’re one of three in the coun­try that have the in­floor heat­ing sys­tem.’’

He would not say how much it cost.

Although the out­lay will be higher than other houses of this size – 248sqm on a 951sqm site – it will start pay­ing off within a few years, he says.

‘‘In the­ory [with the so­lar and wa­ter col­lec­tion] there should be no costs for heat­ing the house and wa­ter.

‘‘ We’re go­ing to be pay­ing about 10 per cent of a stan­dard three-bed­room house.’’

Alan Davies, from Davies Plumb­ing & Gas­fit­ting, says this build ‘‘is and should be the way of the fu­ture’’.

‘‘Peo­ple are only just get­ting their heads around this here in New Zealand, whereas it’s been done over­seas [Europe, pri­mar­ily] for years now.

‘‘ They have much colder weather so the spare heat that they do catch dur­ing the sum­mer­time is stored and heated through the floor in win­ter, us­ing a dig­i­tal con­trol.

‘‘I think more peo­ple will start look­ing at it. If ev­ery­one did it a lit­tle bit, we would save a lot of money in the long run.’’

Mr Baker was keen

to ad­vo­cate this, echo­ing Mr Davies’ as­ser­tions that homes like this would take pres­sure off the na­tional power grid and foster sustainable liv­ing.

‘‘The po­ten­tial is so great – help­ing out the en­vi­ron­ment and still hav­ing it at 27 de­grees in­side your house, if that’s what you want.’’

Mr Baker says he and wife Mar­garet are con­sid­er­ing us­ing it as a showhome for a time once con­struc­tion is com­pleted.

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Home of the fu­ture?: Grant and Mar­garet Baker with the be­gin­nings of their new house, which has a num­ber of fea­tures that will make it a truly ‘‘sustainable home’’.

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