INSPIRED BY HENRY DAVID THOREAU’S HUT AT WALDEN POND. TRANSLATED AS A TOOL FOR OUR TIME TUNED TO PLANET EARTH. A MINIMUM PROTOTYPE THAT ADJUSTS TO ITS ENVIRONMENT IN THE SENSE THAT A TREE DOES, IE AUTONOMOUS ENERGY, INFO, WATER+FOOD, INTEGRATED STRUCTURE, ENVIRONMENTAL SYSTEMS WITH LOUVRE SKINS THAT RESPOND VIA SENSORS TO TEMPERATURE, WIND, MOISTURE AND LIGHT. ‘..THIS FRAME SO SLIGHTLY CLAD, WAS A SORT OF CRYSTALLISATION AROUND ME..’ THOREAU.
Student building project at MIT
The New Zealand Energy Efficiency and Conservation Authority (EECA) has developed a Home Energy Rating Scheme (HERS) for New Zealand households based on software simulation of energy loss and demand. The software requires hourly data to represent the differentclimates zones around New Zealand, especially for larger population centres. These climate data consist of hourly records for an artificial year created from twelve representative months.
Please note: The data is publicly-funded data provided by the National Institute of Water and Atmospheric Research Limited (NIWA) and no person or entity may charge for its supply or use. While NIWA has exercised reasonable care and skill in the preparation and collation of the data files, the data is supplied on an ‘as is’ basis, without warranty of any kind. NIWA accepts no liability for any direct, indirect, special or consequential damages, loss, damage or cost arising from and relating to, any use of the data and/or the information associated with it. Full terms and conditions governing the use of the data can be found at: http://edenz.niwa.co.nz/about/terms.
Liley, J Ben, Hisako Shiona, James Sturman, David S Wratt. 2008. Typical Meteorological Years for the New Zealand Home Energy R ating Scheme. Prepared for the Energy Efficiency and Conservation Authority. NIWA Client Report: LAU2008-01-JBL. NIWA, Omakau, New Zealand.
Files for New Zealand are available in EPW format directly from the DOE site below:
Click on the blue marker to download the efw weather file direct from the DOE Energy Plus web site.
VisionWest has seen one church grow to provide holistic care and support for all people physically, emotionally, spiritually and intellectually.
The Trust provides housing, a kindergarten, opshop, community care, for the Henderson community in Auckland.
VisionWest Community Trust has been offering community-based services to people in West Auckland since the 1980’s. The Trust was formally incorporated as the Friendship Centre Trust in 1988 in response to a growing desire of the Glen Eden Baptist Church to help those in need in the local community. The Trust started out small with a drop-in centre at the Glen Eden Railway Station as a place where friendships were formed. The Trust responded to the needs present in the community and grew to be one of the largest community based Trusts in West Auckland.
In 2010 the Friendship Centre Trust became VisionWest Community Trust. The name evolved from the Trust’s passion and vision of hope and transformation for families living in West Auckland. VisionWest Community Trust now provides a range of community services to around 7000 individuals and families every year, with a wonderful staff and volunteer base of over 450 people. The Trust is still based out of Glen Eden Baptist Church and continues to grow and respond to needs in the West, with a mission of building hope together.
“At VisionWest we believe that we all need to have a vision and hope for the future. As a community development based organisation, our vision is to build a place of trust and openness where people feel valued and loved.
We believe in the value of holistic care and support and offer an integrated range of services and supports that care for all people physically, emotionally, spiritually and intellectually.”
VisionWest is part of the Community Housing Aotearoa Network (CHA)
To get started building a community around your church contact: 09 818 0700
Students from the School of Construction at Manukau Institute of Technology (MIT) are helping with the rebuilding of Sir Edmund Hillary’s house as part of their entry into this year’s Sustainable Habitat Challenge.
The old homestead is being relocated to Sir Edmund Hillary Collegiate in Otara, Auckland, where it will be rebuilt and become the home for the Sir Edmund Hillary Leadership Institute. The renovated structure will incorporate a number of eco-friendly and sustainable building systems such as rainwater harvesting, double glazing, insulation and solar heating.
MIT students training in construction, electrical, plumbing and landscaping will work on the project that is expected to be completed by mid-2011.
real client, real project, real world
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This project deeply implements SHAC principles. Students and young people collaborating and communicating to build a better way.
Innovative features to note:
- Off-site build and use of prefab component
- Kitchen and wet areas are very close to each other, minimising pipe length and keeping complexity in one place.
- Windows are nice but a major source of heat loss, and cost. Good design has given this batch an open and airy feeling with only moderate use of windows.
- Plywood internal lining gives several improvements – better acoustics, some thermal storage, and humidity buffering because of the porous surface
- Careful insulation installation – no gaps! – means good performance. Few wires or pipes are disturbing the outside, insulated walls.
- Good choice of durable, long-lasting appliances and furniture