They imagined homes built around central green space
The site is located at the intersection of the city’s green belt and the High Street Heritage Precinct and is around 5000m2. There are some opportunities for views towards the harbour but the primary view is northward over the green belt and up toward Highgate.
Directly across Queen’s Drive, to the west, is Mornington park which boasts panoramic views of the city and facilities including a large playing field, skate park, children’s play ground and private tennis court.
Further up Mornington Road and only a couple of minutes walk from the site through the park is the Mornington Medical Centre and local shopping centre which includes a supermarket, postshop, cafe and a number of takeaway outlets. The site is located on a bus route with a bus stop directly outside the site. It is a 20 minute walk down High Street into the Octagon and George Street.
According to the WWF’s Living Planet Report 2008 the Ecological Footprint of the average New Zealander is 7.7 hectares, compared with an average of 2.7 ha worldwide. However, the actual available productive area on Earth available per capita equates to only about one quarter of this at around 1.8 ha per person. In other words, if everyone on earth consumed as much as the average person in New Zealand, we would need over four planets to support us.
The challenge that faces us all is: how can people everywhere enjoy a high quality of life, within the carrying capacity of one planet?
In order to create sustainable communities it is as important to look at the lifestyles of the residents and tenants who work and live there, as it is to look at the buildings themselves.
Therefore we have attempted to create a community where not only are the buildings designed to be as energy efficient as possible, but where there are also the services, infrastructure and design features that make it easy, attractive and affordable for people to do the environmentally friendly thing.
The project is aiming to achieve the Passivhaus Standard, the leading international standard for energy efficiency and internal comfort.
Due to the shared facilities in cohousing schemes the individual homes can generally be smaller that typical homes. This approach has also helped us to keep the build cost relatively low even though the quality of the build is significantly above building code minimums.
We are aiming to achieve the Passivhaus standard, the leading international standard for energy efficiency and internal comfort. This means that the inside of the homes
In order to achieve this outcome the external walls will be 300mm thick with European timber framed triple glazed windows and German heat recovery ventilation systems.
There are a mixture of 1,2,3 and even 4 bedroom homes available.
One of the key characteristics of the cohousing approach is that the neighbourhood is designed and run by the occupants. This requires a good deal of cooperation and hard work but results in neighbourhoods which are far more people orientated that those which commercial developers are currently prepared to build.
The commitment to develop and manage housing together requires a culture of co-operation. We believe that how you go about something is as important as what you do. Good group process maximises input from everyone involved and harmonises the contributions of those involved. Learning to work together in this way and make decisions as a bit of a learning curve, but fortunately experience and good tools are at our disposal.
By leveraging new forms of prefabrication will be able to increase build quality and reduce time on site…
By building together rather than individually cohousing groups get to design their neighbourhood not just their house…
Certified Passivhaus design means these homes will achieve a level of comfort and warmth not possible using traditional nz construction