Tomorrow’s home today
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.
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’’.