Category Archives: Southland

New Zealand Climate Data for Building Simulation

  

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.


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Files in the TM2 format – for TRNSYS, TRANSOL, etc, have been converted from the EPW files using  CCWorldWeatherGen without performing any climate projections. NZL_TMY_WeatherFiles_TM2

 

 

Southland Sustainability Centre – EcoDen

  

The Proposal

It is proposed to build a Southland Sustainability Learning Centre – EcoDen.

Vision

The Southland Sustainability Learning Centre – EcoDen is a facility that promotes, motivates and encourages all sectors of the community to be environmentally sustainable, emphasising resource stewardship, energy efficiency and waste minimisation.

Goals

  • Demonstrate sustainable design and building practices
  • Demonstrate sustainable living practices in its activities, but also within its features such as displays and demonstration areas.
  • Demonstrate waste reduction, reuse, recycling and recovery of resources
  • An educational facility that caters for all ages from preschool to adults i.e.  Field trip location, sustainable living classes, training facility for teachers and staff, natural building workshops etc.

The suggested location for the EcoDen is on vacant land at the Invercargill Waste Transfer Station, owned by the Invercargill City Council.    It is proposed that the facility be owned by an established charitable trust to aid in securing public funding and operated by WasteNet Southland.

Background

In 2008 a series of Sustainable Living workshops took place, set up by Invercargill City Council, Environment Southland and Southland Education.  Topics included No Weeds in the Vege Patch, Solar Energy, Recycling and Alternative Fuels.

The popularity of theses indicated that the timing was right to run further workshops.  A barrier to running these courses were the limited practical examples located in the one facility or venue.   To overcome this barrier, an idea evolved to develop a demonstration garden with an eco-classroom to cater for all weather conditions – hence EcoDen.

The idea has further been developed into one facility that caters for all sectors of the community from preschool to adult education.

There is also a need to raise public awareness of sustainable building, and to stimulate the professionals and trades involved in the building industry to make continuous improvements in this area. Particularly as Southland prepares for continued economic growth and population growth, new buildings are expected to be built, and as a region we need these to be sustainable, and as energy efficient as possible.

The EcoDen project leads itself as an opportunity for highlighting champions (developers, designers, retailers, builders and other trades).  The EcoDen could include  a commercial display space for different products, which could generate income for the facility to cover operational costs, as well as showcasing the products and design aspects used in the building itself.

Project Team

The following key project team roles have been identified:

Role Name / Organisation
Team coordinator Donna Peterson, Invercargill City Council and WasteNet Southland
Designers Craig Haywood, Design Base

Phil Orr, ArchDraught

Project Manager (for the build) Mike Grumball SIT
Communication To be confirmed
Funding coordinator To be confirmed

Partners

The following outlines some of the potential partners in this project and indicates their potential involvement.

Potential Partners Involvement (in bold if confirmed)
Invercargill City Council Landowner

Education programmes

Arrange lease for building owner

Wastenet Southland Lodge SHAC Entry

MOU for partners

Potential funding?

Education programmes

Venture Southland Assistance with preparing funding applications

Assist with seeking VS Charitable Trust approval for ownership

Communications – promoting sustainable practices within building industry

Southern Institute of Technology – Mike Grumball

Mike.grumball@sit.ac.nz

Graham.blue@sit.ac.nz

Tony.lemin@sit.ac.nz

Construction

Renewable energy design

Assistance with communications (film students, journalism students)

SHAC Challenge – Tim Bishop Guidance and technical support from SHAC sponsors
Community Trust Of Southland Potential funder (EOI September)
ILT Foundation Potential funder
Lotteries Environment Potential funder
HEHA Potential funder (gardens)
South Coast Environment Centre Assistance with garden design?
Environment Southland Education programmes
Southland Education Education programmes
Southland Natural Building Co-ordinator Potential education programmes
Photography Society Document process
SIT Film students Document process
Southland Museum Display documentation of process
Design Base – Craig Haywood

craigh@designbase.co.nz

03 218 2429

Design
ArchDraught – Phill Orr

archdraught@orcon.net.nz

Design
Caulder Stewart – Mike Toa Supply of photovoltaic roofing?
EIS ?
Stonewood Homes – Brent Mettrick

Brent@stonewood.co.nz

?
Resene ?
Placemakers – Derelle ?
Cunningham Builders – Kevin ?
Transition Towns ?
Thermocell Supply of solar water heating?
Other commercial partners TBC

Draft Timeline

Date Milestone
2 August 2010 Submit SHAC entry for EcoDen
27 August 2010 Confirm Project Team Members, clarify vision and goals (using the Integrated Design Process).
1 September 2010 Deadline for EOI for Funding (Community Trust of Southland)
27 September 2010 Proposed design(s) completed and budget confirmed
1 October 2010 Regional Workshop
28 October 2010 Design finalised, vision/goals and budget revised as necessary
31 October Grant Application for CTOS
20 November 2010 Develop detailed plans
28 November 2010 Project Development and Documentation submitted to SHAC
February 2011 Presentation to CTOS
March 2011 Funding confirmed
March 2011 Apply for resource/building consents as appropriate
April 2011 Construction begins
September 2011 Construction complete
October 2011 National Conference

Funding

A variety of funders will be approached to support the project (see Partners).  It is proposed to seek funding for project as soon as the vision and goals have been clarified.