Habitat for Humanity
Innovative design and build housing solution for families.
We designed and built two new homes for Habitat for Humanity in Christchurch, housing two families under Habitat’s Progressive Home Ownership (rent-to-buy) programme.
Extensive use of natural timber throughout these homes means they have an exceptionally low carbon footprint, while the innovative design and low-carbon, long-lasting components mean that they have a substantially reduced operational carbon footprint – they are inexpensive to run and maintain.
The single-storey, three-bedroom homes sit on timber piles and naillam bearers, and are clad in in Colorsteel and Siberian larch shiplap timber. The low-maintenance, low allergen Strandboard floors and wipe-clean laminated wall linings will look great for years, while PIR insulted roof panels provide a R7.4 insulation value. Balanced air ventilation with heat recovery keeps the homes dry, and radiators driven by a hot water heat pump provide efficient radiant heating and hot water.
Skillion ceilings and built-in furniture and storage add to a generous sense of space. Rather than compromising on room size, the innovative design has the living areas and bedrooms separated by a central service core, with bathrooms and the laundry located for efficient plumbing, ventilation and acoustic separation.
These homes perform to a Homestar 7-8 equivalent, guaranteeing the families who live in them many years of healthy, low-cost, low maintenance living.