10m2 Challenge

  
Enter the SHAC 10m2 Challenge!
Design a 10m2 building that you would use as a music practice room, office, bedroom, house, shelter, or any other use.
Can incorporate awnings, eaves, decking, carports, conservatories, etc, as long as the entire structure does not require building consent.
Exact requirements for building work that does not require a consent can be found at the DBH:  http://www.dbh.govt.nz/bc-no-consent-schedule-1
Entering this challenge is an easy and fun way to become familiar with what building work requires a building consent.  Learn today and save yourself cost and difficulties in the future.
Designs due 20 August at 12:00 noon.
Exhibition and presentation of awards in Christchurch, at the Festival
 of Transitional
Architecture, Design and Building in Christchurch (Oct 19-27 2012)
Objectives
* Provide a playful competition to help designers, builders and the public better understand the art and science of building.
* Promote design and build as a collaborative, evolutionary process
* Promote the re-use of building materials
* Promote living well, with less reliance on resources
* For the cost of a year’s rent (say) – what can our designs inspire young people create?
Requirements
* The building must not require building consent, as per the DBH discussion document
* The building will provide for any such use as is envisaged by the design team: music practice room, office, bedroom, house, shelter.  It must be a building.
* The building has a use that the team argues contributes or promotes living well, with purpose, and with less reliance on resources.
* The building may make use of recycled building materials.
Submissions
* Submit your design, and an explanation about the building, how it is to be used, and how the building does not require a building consent.
* Explain the project and its purpose, it’s present and potential future uses.
* How it will be constructed
* What maintenance will be required
* How will it be supplied with any electrical power, if needed.
* A preliminary budget
* Please supply two A3 presentation sheets that explain the project. These sheets will be used for exhibition.  This may include 3D sketches, plans, elevations, sections, and/or photos of the materials or techniques to be used.
* Further details to aid in the construction will be helpful.  You may attach this additional information, eg budget, details, and further description as additional sheets. These additional sheets may be exhibited as space allows.
* You may choose to include a sketchup file.  Photos of projects underway are acceptable.
* Please submit the A3 sheets as PDFs.  Please submit all files electronically to 10m2Challenge@shac.org.nz.  Designs due 20 August at 12:00 noon. Maximum size about 15 MB per email.
* Submitted designs may be copyrighted by the author(s) under a Creative Commons license of your choice, suggested: “CC-Attribution” or “CC-Attribution-NonCommercial”
* The building must be legal to build and must not require building consent as per rules published by the DBH
* Questions can be sent to tim@shac.org.nz
* SHAC reserves the right to not accept any entries.
* Best entries will be honoured with awards and prizes
* All entries will be published on our web site.
* Please have fun with this and give it a go!
Ideas
10m2 maximum internal floor area – walls can be as thick as you like.
Must be single storey, can have a steeply pitched roof and loft.
Timeline
Submit your entry by email to tim@shac.org.nz by 12 noon 20 August 2012
Win Awards and Prizes!
$500 cash prize available to help you build your design.
Exhibition and presentation of awards in Christchurch, at the FESTA Design, Architecture and Building Festival in Christchurch (Oct 19-27 2012)
All entries will be presented to the public and potential clients who may help you realise your vision.  There is a student/young people category of the challenge.
[Optional] Register at www.shac.org.nz to received updates about the challenge and any clarification of rules

Inspiration
[note, not all of these buildings are less than 10m2 in size]
  1. Kevin Low’s Small Projects
  2. Chris and Ben’s SPACE MoveableRooms
  3. GapFiller’s Tati Design Competition and Temporary 10m2 Office
  4. DesignBoom’s Small Houses
  5. Dwelle
  6. F3 Design’s ArtBox
  7. The Marlborough Snug Sauna
  8. Bomun’s Awhi Farms projects
  9. Bruce Thomson and ModPreFab’s “Wood Cutters’ Paradise
  10. Chris Moller’s Click-Raft, and wikihouse.cc
  11. Daiman Otto’s Analog Structures

Thank you and have fun with this!
Tim Bishop
SHAC – The Sustainable Habita Challenge
0800 762 786
021 705 346
Skype: twbishop

Clean Energy Centre explores possibility of off-grid housing community

  

 

 

Taupo could be in for a new eco-sustainable housing community, reshaping the way houses receive heat, electricity, water, and use wastewater.

The New Zealand Clean Energy Centre (NZCEC) is currently investigating whether or not this would be feasible.

The community would use geothermal or biomass heat to heat homes; generate electricity from solar and wind sources; and reuse wastewater by drip-irrigating it to energy crops to provide future fuel for the community.

NZCEC said out of 75 people surveyed over the last two days, 33 had been in favour of the idea.

“The New Zealand public has demonstrated a keen interest in adapting their lifestyles to live in ways that are friendlier to the environment. They want to do their part to help maintain NZ’s 100% Pure, clean green image, they want to find ways of reducing their energy bills, and they want to increase their control over energy supply security,” says chief executive Rob McEwen.

He says the project would benefit  Taupo’s economy, enticing domestic and international migrants, especially Silicon Valley entrepreneurs looking to make New Zealand their home.

McEwen believes the pitch to these potential residents would go something like this:

“Taupo generates 75 times more clean energy than we consume (and thanks to geothermal, that ratio is growing). We have magnificent natural beauty (think of Taupo as the Tahoe of NZ), we have world class fibre optic internet, we have ample water, we are central to 75 percent of NZ’s population, we are home to the NZ Clean Energy Centre and oh, by the way … Taupo is developing a comprehensive off grid sustainable lifestyle community.”

 He says the next steps are to further quantify interest, then develop the concept to include drawings of the proposed community, a 3D animated walkthrough, and costings.

One way to make it feasible would be to use  semi-rural land on the outskirts of town so that homeowners’ investment in the land would be lower.

“Another way is to negotiate reduced development contributions with council. Unlike a typical subdivision where council needs to put in a lot of infrastructure such as water, waste water, power reticulation and phone connections, none of those services would be required in an off-grid community,” says McEwen.

>>> Clean Energy Centre explores possibility of off-grid housing community :: Idealog 

Office to rise from the rubble

  

One person’s rubble might be potential material for Gap Filler’s new office.

Sustainable Habitat Challenge (SHAC) and ReGeneration Trust New Zealand are collaborating to build an office for Gap Filler in Colombo St, Sydenham, with the help of volunteers and as many recycled or sustainable materials as possible.

Gap Filler project co-ordinator Coralie Winn said she was humbled by the plan.

“It’s a very generous gesture that they are doing this for us and also teaching young people building and design skills,” she said.

Gap Filler, which emerged after the September 2010 earthquake, has overseen several urban regeneration projects, such as the Lyttelton Petanque Club, the “book fridge” and the painted-piano project.

It has been based in Winn’s front room.

“Since November, we’ve hired a part-time helper, and people have been coming and going,” she said.

“It will be great to have an office that’s not at home. It would be quite nice to fill a gap with our own office.”

SHAC’s Tim Bishop said the frame of the 10-square-metre office would be built from recycled timber from demolished buildings, and the windows would also be recycled.

Waste polystyrene would be used for insulation, while the external walls would be constructed from wooden pallets usually used for transporting heavy goods.

“We want to show how to creatively reuse material left over from the earthquake. It’s a bit of a test. A few things are going to be new, like nails and building paper,” he said.

The project also aims to show young people that it can be easy and fun to build small buildings with sustainable materials.

Demolition and salvage yards, including Southern Demolition & Salvage, Musgroves and the Window Market Place, are also involved in the project.

The Christchurch Polytechnic Institute of Technology is contributing equipment and helping to find a licensed builder.

The build will take a week, from January 23 to January 28.

Volunteers can sign up here.

 

via Office to rise from the rubble – the-press | Stuff.co.nz.

ReGenerating small, sustainable SHACs in the temporarily vacant sites of Christchurch

  

The ReGeneration Trust and SHAC (Sustainable Habitat Challenge) are keen to get rebuilding Christchurch. In January 2012, we’ll be running a six-day building project – starting from scratch, we’ll be working with builders, architects and a crew of young people to create a funky, recycled, moveable office for the Gap Filler project.

Gap Filler is a creative urban regeneration initiative that aims to temporarily activate vacant sites within Christchurch with creative projects, to make for a more interesting, dynamic and vibrant city. They’ve run a series of awesome projects, like the Lyttleton Petanque Club, Gap Filler Community Chess and the Think Differently Book Exchange.

We’ll be building an office for Gap Filler, using as many recycled and sustainable materials as we can. Our aim is to demonstrate that anyone can build and create, all it takes is some motivation and a few practical tools. We also want showcase the possibilities of holistic sustainability –
small, well insulated, water tight buildings made from a mixture of reused, recycled and sustainable materials.

ReGen and SHAC are now looking for motivated people who are willing to step up, represent and take practical action for positive change. The Christchurch 10m2 Building Project in an opportunity for creative, hands on types to work alongside experts on sustainable building, to learn new skills and share ideas for Christchurch in the future. We’ll be learning new skills each day and putting them into practice building walls, putting up roofs, cladding, internal lining, insulation and painting. And we’ll be documenting the process with stories, film and photographs.

If you’re a young person or a builder and you’re keen to be involved, get in touch! Email lani@regeneration.org.nz or tim@shac.org.nz

Happyzine » ReGenerating small, sustainable SHACs in the temporarily vacant sites of Christchurch.

Electric Bicycle – BMX

  

Tim Bishop, Electric BMX Bicycle

24″ wheels, nine continents motor, kelly controller, 48V, 350Watt-hour LiFePO4 battery pack

Range: 12km.  Top speed: 37km/hr

 

Parts List

www.evassemble.com
1 x Capacitor-16S-30A-BMS (Capacitor-16S-30A-BMS)  = $69.00
1 x KP-J(240W) Charger (KP-J(240W))  = $36.00
1 x Kelly KBS48121,50A,24-48V BLDC Motor Speed Controller
(KBS48121,50A,24-48V)  = $146.00

www.e-bikekit.com
nine continents motor via Ebike-kit distributor  US $152.00
EBK-SYS-REAR-DD-MOTOR

Emissions-free.com
Batteries Emissions-free.com 48x US$6  + shipping (let’s ignore shipping) = US$288 = NZ$390

ebikes.ca
Spokes $35 + 25 shp. $60 usd

Hobbyking.com and others
Fiberglass  NZ$20
Connectors (10 andersons connectors) 10x US$0.25 = NZ$3.50
Black adhesive foam tape  (Super cheap auto)  NZ$8.17
Brake cable and brake outer (Bike Otago) NZ$24.00
KMC Chain (Bike Otago) NZ$19.90
Super glue, LED and Heatshrink NZ$9.70
Charging socket (Jaycar)NZ$4.90
Charging Plug (Jaycar)  NZ$5.50
Handlebar On/off switch mount = NZ$12

Kevin McClouds grand design for British housing [The Observer]

  

“Anyone can build an eco-home,” he says, “but it doesn’t solve anything. There is nothing to stop them turning up the thermostat. What’s more interesting is the way people live and behave.” So the Triangle has allotments and polytunnels where people can grow their own food, and a car club and a scooter club that make their use of transport less wasteful. He sees such things as more important than the design features of individual houses.

via Kevin McClouds grand design for British housing [The Observer]

 

Micro Architecture Symposium 2011 Awards

  


SHAC Awards for 2011:

Speaker

Topic

Bruce Thompson

Experience building lightweight concrete infill construction for 15 years (egg cartons are not waste, they are a construction material) >>>

Liz Buxton

Designs from Sudan and Dunedin

Thomas Malpass

Simple buildings with trainee builders at Wintec in Hamilton

Andrew Just

A modular and very portable initiative designed to create a home for Christchurch artists, and a 15m2 accommodation unit built into a grain silo.  >>>

Michael Cambridge

Marlborough Housing Trust “Snug” – a high quality work space, bedroom or sauna using precut pine heartwood, and other European and North American examples. >>>

Chris and Ben

Developing and launching SPACE Moveable Rooms. Why we designed the way we did / transport constraints / commercial considerations / how the market is responding / new developments. >>>

Bomun Bock-Chung

Creating the best low cost, sustainable structures that are easy to build. >>>

Chris Moller

Developing a click-raft system and urban scale initiatives such as ‘city on a roof.  see click-raft.blogspot.com or click-raft.com  www.cityonaroof.net  www.hansafreehavens.net

Mark Fielding

Building homes using pallet frames, and other recycled waste materials in an effort towards marrying ecologically sustainability with affordability. >>>

Kevin Scally

UpDown Housing is a modular building system based on the design intelligence of early colonial buildings. They often started off as sheds and matured into houses. Inherent in their construction were features that made them easy to modify and recycle. UpDown Housing incorporated and extends this vernacular intelligence and design flexibility. This Cradle to Cradle system holds in trust the ecological investment in the building. The approach also anticipates the recycling, re-purposing and up-cycling of the modular components. Think Ikea and Mechano.  >>>

SHAC Symposium on Micro-Architecture, Simple Buildings, and Student Projects

  

Cost: $120 waged professionals / $40 students and others.
Date: Dunedin, 19-20th November, Registration on Saturday 9:00 – 16:00 / Sunday 9:00 – 15:00
Location: Ozone Lounge / Manaaki  / Otago Polytechnic / 51 Harbour Tce / Dunedin

Register Here >>>

How can today’s young people create their delightful and affordable homes and neighbourhoods?

This symposium brings together designers and builders who have figured out how to build a better way.

Let’s get to know each other.

Come for the weekend to the Otago Polytechnic to share your ideas and learn from local, national, and international innovative builders and designers.

SHAC Awards for 2011!

  • Commercialisation – Ben and Chris from SPACE MoveableRooms.co.nz
  • Practical Innovation – Michael Cambridge from Ecotect
  • Design – Andrew Just from CPIT and F3 Design
  • Pushing the Boundaries – Bomun Bock-Chung from Awhi Farms
  • Youth Participation and Supreme Awards – Thomas Malpass, Carpentry Tutor from Wintec

Speaker

Topic

Bruce Thompson

Experience building lightweight concrete infill construction for 15 years (egg cartons are not waste, they are a construction material) >>>

Liz Buxton

Designs from Sudan and Dunedin

Thomas Malpass

Simple buildings with trainee builders at Wintec in Hamilton

Andrew Just

A modular and very portable initiative designed to create a home for Christchurch artists, and a 15m2 accommodation unit built into a grain silo.  >>>

Michael Cambridge

Marlborough Housing Trust “Snug” – a high quality work space, bedroom or sauna using precut pine heartwood, and other European and North American examples. >>>

Chris and Ben

Developing and launching SPACE Moveable Rooms. Why we designed the way we did / transport constraints / commercial considerations / how the market is responding / new developments. >>>

Bomun Bock-Chung

Creating the best low cost, sustainable structures that are easy to build. >>>

Chris Moller

Developing a click-raft system and urban scale initiatives such as ‘city on a roof.  see click-raft.blogspot.com or click-raft.com  www.cityonaroof.net  www.hansafreehavens.net

Mark Fielding

Building homes using pallet frames, and other recycled waste materials in an effort towards marrying ecologically sustainability with affordability. >>>

Kevin Scally

UpDown Housing is a modular building system based on the design intelligence of early colonial buildings. They often started off as sheds and matured into houses. Inherent in their construction were features that made them easy to modify and recycle. UpDown Housing incorporated and extends this vernacular intelligence and design flexibility. This Cradle to Cradle system holds in trust the ecological investment in the building. The approach also anticipates the recycling, re-purposing and up-cycling of the modular components. Think Ikea and Mechano.  >>>

Incorporating the SHAC Awards for 2011!

Cost: $120 waged professionals / $40 students and others.

Date: Dunedin, 19-20th November

Location: Ozone Lounge / Manaaki  / Otago Polytechnic

51 Harbour Terrace / Dunedin (link to a map can be viewed here: http://goo.gl/UxaJG)
If you would like to share your work or ideas in the symposium, we are still receiving expression of interest so get back to us so we can organize a time for you to present. 8 minute and 20 minutes slots available.
Or if you would like to participate in the discussion you can register by following the link:

Register Here >>>

Country Conversion

  

When Matthew and Rebecca Taggat found a picturesque rural section in Raglan with a view to the Coast, it was love at first sight. The only problem was that they were not quite ready to build their “dream home”. The spot where they ultimately plan on building faces out to the nine acres of native bush that is part of their section, but for the interim, they decided a renovation was in order. A TotalSpan shed already on the site piqued their interest, and the renovation that ensued is testament to their creative vision from the beginning. At the time they embarked uponthe renovation, Rebecca was pregnant with
youngest daughter Ruby (now 10 months) and Milla was not yet one year old. Perhaps that was what spurred builder Daniel Klinkenberg of Urban Residential Developments Ltd into gear! From start to finish, Daniel took only three months to complete the transformation, and finished on the exact day he had specified in the contract. “We were
so impressed,” says Rebecca. “On the morning he finished, Daniel had cleaners in the house,and when he passed us the keys that afternoon, everything was perfect.”The revamped shed is still classified as an auxiliary building, to comply with local council regulations, and with that classification came some restrictions. The living area could be
no more than 70 square metres, plus three bedrooms and an office for Matthew. “There are some very clever design features,” says Rebecca. “For instance the roller door is still in place, kept high up and out of the way, but glass sliders in the same position really open the house up.” One thing that has changed drastically behind the scenes of the dwelling is the level of insulation. It had to be warm and healthy for the family of four, and the insulation instantly made the home more energy efficient. Rebecca and Matthew were pleased that Daniel put in “as much insulation as possible,” as well as double glazing
throughout. Another important part of the renovation was a new roof. The original was termed as a “shedding roof”, and the Taggarts wanted the safety of a residential grade alternative. To transform the shed into a home, extensive measures were taken, particularly across the front of the façade. “The whole face of the shed changed, but we stuck with iron on the other sides.” Cedar cladding softens the exterior, and Kwila decking helped to create an outdoor room. This is where the Taggart family spend most of their time in summer, in the sun and looking out toward the native bush.The interior is very light and
open, and belies the actual dimensionsof the home. A mainly white colour selection keeps each room spacious, as does the high pitch of the ceilings. Resene colour Alabaster is the shade throughout the house, with the ceilings in Resene Rice Cake. A soft Tasmanian Oak
floor also adds warmth, while keeping the feel light and airy.

MATERIALS

BEFORE & AFTER The former shed was once part of a large paddock in
which cows roamed, before it received
a comprehensive make-over to transform it into a family home.
FURNITURE Found on Trade Me, this feature chair adds a contemporary
feel with its modern patterned fabric.
KITCHEN HERB BOX In order to comply with local council regulations, a
recess had to be in place between the windowsill and the kitchen
bench. The result was a living herb garden, which fills the recess
perfectly.
FIRE With its radiant design the Metro H.T series wood burner is great
for heating open plan spaces. Finished
in metallic black high temperature paint, with a cooktop surface, this
fire is a great all rounder.

DIRECTORY

BUILDER
Urban Residential Developments Ltd
0275 397 005
www.urbanrd.co.nz
BATHROOMWARE
Michel Caesar www.michelcesar.co.nz
KITCHEN
Plain & Fancy Kitchens and Cabinets
07 847 4563
FIREPLACE
Metro Fires www.metrofires.co.nz
FLOOR BOARDS
Cedar Corp
0800 423 327
www.cedarcorp.co.nz
TILING
Brett Bateman Tiling
0800 4 47688

Homestyle, August/September, pg 52-56

 

Building work that does not require a building consent [DBH]

  

Detached buildings

Exemption (i) of Schedule 1

A building consent is not required for the following building work:

  • (i) building work in connection with any detached building (except a building that is required to be licensed in terms of the Hazardous Substances and New Organisms Act 1996 or a building closer than its own height to any residential accommodation or to any legal boundary) that-
  • (i) houses fixed plant or machinery, the only normal visits to which are intermittent visits for routine inspection and maintenance of that plant or machinery; or
  • (ii) into which, or into the immediate vicinity of which, people cannot or do not normally go; or
  • (iii) is used only by people engaged in the construction or maintenance of another building for which a building consent is required; or
  • (iv) does not exceed 1 storey, does not exceed 10 square metres in floor area, and does not contain sanitary facilities or facilities for the storage of potable water, but may contain sleeping accommodation (without cooking facilities) if the detached building is used in connection with a dwelling.

via Building work that does not require a building consent.

EKOKIT – Modular homes from Ebode & Hybrid Homes

  

 

 

 

 

EKOKIT is a range of self-build eco houses that have been specifically designed to be flexible, sustainable and within the price reach of ordinary New Zealanders.

EKOKIT homes can be built anywhere in New Zealand, under the supervision of a Licensed Building Practitioner. If you don’t wish to manage your EKOKIT build yourself your EKOKIT is also available as a complete finished home through Planet Homes.

via EKOKIT – from Ebode & Hybrid Homes.

F3 Design’s ArtBox

  

 

 

 

 

ArtBox aims to provide exhibition and retail space for approximately 100 Christchurch artists, craft practitioners and design retailers who have lost workspace and outlets, through the creation flexible and portable modules, all of which have been locally designed and manufactured.

The project, instigated by CPIT in conjunction with Christchurch firm F3 Design, will begin with 18 modules being placed in and around the CPIT campus, with the hope that with the community’s support it can branch out to support a River of Arts throughout the city.

Pippin Wright-Stow, who co-owns F3 Design with his sister Ella, said the idea was spearheaded by F3 Design employee Andrew Just, who also lectures at CPIT’s architecture school.

The ArtBox modules are a 2.9m cube that allow for the creation of comfortable and highly adaptable spaces. They can be stacked, oriented and arranged in various practical configurations, insulated with wool, and are weather-tight. And because the modules are based around a steel hollow section frame, Wright-Stow said they have are very strong and have the ability to resist loads placed by earthquakes.

They’re not designed for one-off use either. Their unique design allows for multi-functional and multi-purpose use across a number of industries, from artists and jewellers to craftspeople and education institutions, as well as festivals and events.

“The idea is that they can be on-sold and used as commercial or residential dwellings,” said Wright-Stow.

Featuring interchangeable wall and flooring panels, the boxes can be placed on any surface, including concrete and grass.

via Architects and engineers collaborate in solution for displaced artists and designers

CLICK-RAFT

  

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.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

CLICK-RAFT.

Marlborough Snug

  

The Marlborough Snug is an innovative  design providing a high quality work space, bedroom or sauna using the unique properties of pine heartwood.

The Snug is a Marlborough Regional Development Trust affordable housing project.

It uses European research plus locally grown materials and local businesses.

Everyone who has seen it just loves it.

The first Snug is now in Christchurch at 166 Ferry Road where it is being used a tempory office.

Keep watching this site to find out how you can see it.

 

Marlborough Snug.

 

L41 – ultra-compact, sustainable, high-design, high quality, energy-efficient house

  

The L41 home, designed by Architect Michael Katz and  Artist Janet Corne is a 220 sq. ft. ultra-compact, sustainable, high-design, high quality, energy-efficient house. The L41 home makes it possible for the millions of people who otherwise could not afford to buy a house, to become homeowners.

Simply making a house small, however, is not good enough, it must be highly livable and delightful and the L41 is both.

In the same way that the Model-T made it possible for the masses to own a car, so too, the key to providing a house for everyone is to minimize its size and to utilize mass-production. The L41 has been specifically designed to be a mass-produced, “State-of-the-Art” house and could become part of the important group of affordable products such as the $2,500 Tata car


Sub-compact, highly affordable houses can satisfy the needs of many diverse groups:

•  First-time buyers   •   Students     •   Seniors   •    Hotels   •   Pied ‘d terres

•  Special-needs      •   Homeless    •   Military   •   Emergency housing


The L41 home is designed for a generation that understands the principles of “small is beautiful”, preservation of resources, improving the lives of others and enhancing our f uture by means of sustainable actions. With every inch of space utilized and many built-in storage solutions provided, L41 fulfills the maxim, “everything in its place and a place for everything”.


 

 

 

 

L41 is constructed of Cross-laminated Timber, (CLT) a relatively new wood product in North America. The true benefit of CLT is that it is solid wood and can be used as a substitute for concrete in mid-rise buildings. (the British have built 9 stories) When one considers that concrete is responsible for 8% of the world’s carbon emissions, the implications become clear.


L41 homes can be built in many configurations, from a single unit to high-rise buildings and because of the high achievable densities, can play a significant role in providing affordable housing in inner-city locations. In addition to the 220 sq. ft. Studio, there also is a 290 sq. ft. 1-Bed and a 360 sq. ft. 2-Bedroom unit.

Read more… L41.

Rural Southern Studio: Small Space, Small Budget

  

 

Baltimorean Will Homan, along with Pernilla Hagberth from Sweden and Clementine Blakemore from England, took on the Auburn University Rural Studio challenge: plan, design, and build a $20K house in Hale County, Alabama that could potentially be produced as a viable alternative to trailers in the area and purchased with a 502 Direct Loan. Above you see the project, from beginning sketches to one finished house. After the inaugural project in 2005, this structure marks the program’s ninth iteration. Now for the details…

 

 

 

Read more at Rural Southern Studio: Small Space, Small Budget.

Materials for Architects and Builders

  

Materials for Architects and Builders is written as an introductory text to inform students at undergraduate degree and national diploma level of the relevant visual and physical properties of a wide range of building materials. The third edition has been significantly enhanced by the incorporation of full colour images throughout, illustrating the materials and in many cases their use in buildings of architectural merit. The text includes the broad environmental debate with sections on energy saving and recycled materials. There are seventeen chapters covering the wide range of materials under standard headings. Each chapter describes the manufacture, salient prop- erties and typical uses of the various materials, with the aim of ensuring their appropriate application within an awareness of their ecological impact. 

This ebook is an excellent resource.

Materials for Architects and Builders.

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

 

 

Build your own home – Wairarapa Times-Age

  

 

 

Masterton home eco-aware – Local News – Wairarapa Times-Age.

In 2007, Steven, an industrial design engineer, began work on the eco-friendly house he would take three years to build with his own hands.

He even built the kitchen and every piece of furniture from the shelving to the beds, and fitted solar panels, which store 2000 watts of energy.

“When building our house, there were moments in the process when we had choices, like when we were deciding on our insulation. We decided to go with recycled insulation because it’s better for the environment, and it’s a nice material to work with – you’re not working with things like fibreglass.

“We also positioned the house to the north, so the sun shines through the big windows and warms up the place.”

He said building an eco-friendly house is “not rocket science”, it is just about thinking more carefully about your choices and how they affect your wallet as well as the environment.

“These ideas have been around for ages, it’s just being aware of them when you’re building a house, or doing anything else in life, like driving. If you drive 90km/h instead of 100km/h, you can save about 15 per cent of fuel, and you also have the opportunity to relax and enjoy the beautiful scenery instead of rushing.”

Recover heat – Pontos HeatCycle, reusing resources | Hansgrohe International

  

 

 

Intelligent water cycle for active climate protectionHow ingenious it would be if we could store and reuse the heat from the run-off shower and bath water that we use each day before it disappears down the drain forever! Now you can – with a heat recovery system from Hansgrohe. The Pontos HeatCycle system is the result of years of research. It recovers the energy from the grey water. To this end, the system uses a heat exchanger to extract the heat from the still warm grey water and uses this to heat up cold drinking water. This saves valuable resources, lowers gas or electricity bills and reduces CO2 emissions. Those who use Pontos HeatCycle can reduce their overall energy requirement for hot water preparation by up to 20%. That is good news for the climate, your wallet and our future as a whole.

via Recover heat – Pontos HeatCycle, reusing resources | Hansgrohe International.

Build Simply – Northland Northern Advocate

  

A few simple building rules could have saved billions of dollars and kept thousands of people in their own homes after the Canterbury earthquake, Far North Mayor Wayne Brown says.

The problems showed the complicated building codes of recent years were no help, because they were ignored or not understood.

The excellent performance of old timber-framed, iron-roofed homes – built in the decades after a swarm of earthquakes in 1859-70, long before modern building codes – proved his point, he said.

 

 

Building practices exposed by Christchurch quake – Local News – Northland Northern Advocate.

Make Pocket Parks and Gardens in Center City

  

Pocket parks are frequently created on a single vacant building lot or on small, irregular pieces of land. They also may be created as a component of the public space requirement of large building projects.

Girard Fountain Park, a 0.15-acre pocket park in the Old City neighborhood of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Pocket parks can be urban, suburban or rural, and can be on public or private land. Although they are too small for physical activities, pocket parks provide greenery, a place to sit outdoors, and sometimes a children’s playground. They may be created around a monument, historic marker or art project.

In highly urbanized areas, particularly downtowns where land is very expensive, pocket parks are the only option for creating new public spaces without large-scale redevelopment. In inner-city areas, pocket parks are often part of urban regeneration plans and provide areas where wildlife such as birds can establish a foothold. Unlike larger parks, pocket parks are sometimes designed to be fenced and locked when not in use.

[from Wikipedia, Susan Lloyd]

Provide office space from re-used shipping containers?

  

12 office/studio spaces constructed from 32 recycled shipping containers on an abandoned strip in Providence, Rhode Island.

There are also links to many notable container projects such as Container CityIlly CafePuma City, and Adam Kalkin’s 12 Container House

But the devil may be in the details – how are the windows be installed and flashed? And how will the gaps between containers sealed?

>>> More From Stack Design Build.

Install Urban Water Tanks

  

Lyndall Hancock has spent a lifetime with a rainwater tank beside the house.

Over the years, the Dunedin woman has used water collected from the roof – running down through pipes to a tank beside the house – for cooking, cleaning and even drinking, once strained and boiled.

Now aged 80, Miss Hancock lives in Waverley and still uses rainwater harvested from her latest tank to water the garden.

She told the Otago Daily Times the time was right for the Dunedin City Council to consider offering incentives to urban homeowners wanting to invest in similar schemes.

As well as everyday uses, the tanks promoted water conservation and could help ease pressure on council water services, Miss Hancock said.

The tanks would also be useful as an emergency supply, should earthquake damage in Christchurch ever occur in Dunedin.

“It used to be that houses all had a rainwater barrel. When I was a child, we had that at home. I can’t remember what the water was used for, except that when there was a drought there was always water there for the vegetable patch.

“It’s sensible. We could run out of water as quick as look at you,” she said.

via Water-tank advocate calls for incentives. {Otago Daily Times}

 

Craig Brown of CBConsult.co.nz contributed this diagram showing a safer configuration for water capture.  He mentioned he forgot to include the block of concrete at the bottom of the tank to keep the water slightly alkaline:

There are various options for water tanks, including oval and rounded rectangular tanks as seen in this SHAC(2009) Team Housewise retrofit:

Build community around neighbourhood churchs

  

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.”

via Welcome to VisionWest Community Trust – Community Development – Holistic Care and Support – Integrated Services and Support.

VisionWest is part of the Community Housing Aotearoa Network (CHA)

To get started building a community around your church contact: 09 818 0700

Build a resilient house [NZ Herald]

  

“It is not enough to design purely for life safety,” says Auckland architect Barry Copeland. “A resilient house, as well as surviving structurally through an earthquake, needs to continue its function as a family home.”

In response to the Christchurch earthquake, Copeland, working with seismic engineer Barry Davidson and wastewater systems engineer Ian Gunn has developed a concept design for a house providing a high degree of self-reliance in terms of basic essential services – water, energy, drainage.

via The resilient house – National – NZ Herald News.

Walking Christchurch–Contributed by Roger Buck

  

BedZed Development:

BedZed 1BedZed 2BedZed 3BedZed 4

 

Freiberg Housing

Housing FreiburgFreiburg Community GraphicMixed Use Freiburg

 

Medium Density Housing, Christchurch:

Medium Density Christchurch

 

Frankton Proposal:

Medium Density Housing, Frankton Proposal

 

Existing Housing in New Zealand:

Rhys & Anne's Place 2Rhys & Anne's Place

 

What We Can Do (Roger Buck)

What We Can Do

 

Bricks Work – After 22 Feb Earthquake:

EQ Bricks Still On Hi Mass House

 

Urban Growth – Two Examples of Another Way

[Article Submitted to the Christchurch Press on Urban Form]

Although the evidence is all around us there seems to be little appreciation of the depth of the impacts that the car-industry giants, allied to the oil industry, have had on our lives. They have in a very short time destroyed our sense of community – the human-to-human interactions that are the foundation of human existence – and greatly increased our cost of living (which represents a massive transfer of wealth from us to them) in order to meet their own self-centred, commercially-driven objectives.

To achieve this General Motors and Ford (in particular) took over the design of our cities. And as first steps in that direction public transport systems were destroyed, or, at best, marginalised, and road-based urban sprawl took over as the primary means of dealing with urban growth. Motorways became symbols of economic ‘progress’. Taken together all these things were, and still are, regarded as fundamental to our being a so-called ‘advanced’ society.
With increasing concerns about urban sprawl becoming evident, peak oil now upon us, and climate change rarely out of the news, it is imperative that we take a serious look at alternatives.

Two examples of developments which, in their entirely different ways, were designed to put people before cars are Port Grimaud, on the south coast of France (near Saint-Tropez); and New Ash Green, on the outskirts of London.

Port Grimau - Links & Spaces

 

Significantly, in each case their architects were also the developers and they run roughly in parallel in terms of conception and initial work (1960s), but New Ash Green took less time to complete. Both projects experienced problems with the planning authorities which took several years to deal with – New Ash Green required ministerial intervention to obtain approval.

Port Grimaud covers 90ha, and includes 2,900 homes (a population of perhaps 8,000 people), a variety of retail outlets, 7km of canals, and 14km of waterfront. The architect and developer was M. Francois Spoerry, and his aim was to build a waterside village designed to relate closely in appearance to the traditional characteristics of the local architecture and urban form, which had evolved over thousands of years. This was applied in particular to the visible elements of group composition, scale, materials and finishes – but also to the movement of people within the development. Consequently vehicles were to be kept out, except for servicing purposes, with parking generally being distributed around the perimeter.

It is without doubt a very beautiful and appealing place. There are plazas, courtyards and a market place; gardens, streets, lanes, waterfront walks, and bridges form linkages which connect everything together.  Cafes, bars, restaurants and shops are plentiful and varied. The scale of everything is entirely human, and although variety and individuality abounds there is a powerful sense of coherence, physically and socially. It was clearly designed from the heart, and is therefore as far from our obsession, in New Zealand, with simplistically conceived, rigid, box-ticking, traffic-focused rules (and the associated lawyer-driven processes), which produce our urban environments as it is possible to imagine.
Unfortunately this development has become a victim of its own success, and its location. Many of the owners come from northern Europe, which means that it is a summer destination for many, and it also attracts large numbers of tourists – also during the summer – which skews social and economic activity. As well, because of the emphasis on boats, there is also a demographic bias.

New Ash Green 1New Ash Green 2

New Ash Green is entirely different in that it was conceived as a relatively self-contained village of low-cost housing for around 5,000 people, set in countryside some 35km from central London. It was intended to show that there could be alternatives to the generally bleak housing estates being built elsewhere, and although most houses were to be privately owned it was planned to include about 400 ‘social’ houses – until a change of government pulled the plug on this (thus bankrupting the developer).   Whilst the surroundings – high on the North Downs – are certainly very pleasant the only close attraction of any significance is Brands Hatch, a race track.

The architect and developer (via Span), Eric Lyons, as with Francois Spoerry, worked from people first, cars second. This led to groups of houses being located next to landscaped walkway links to the village centre, school, and recreation areas. Cars are generally parked or garaged close to, but away from the dwellings, and are concealed partly or completely by what is now very substantial planting. The village centre and school are within easy, safe, and pleasant walking distance from all the houses. The amount of green space is amazing – it’s perfect for children.
Where this development stands out is that it shows the value of comprehensive design and development. As with Port Grimau the entire project was carried out entirely as a singular, unified, environmentally-centred design process with a wide mix of housing types. By contrast, in New Zealand, the design inputs are limited to subdivision, roads, and services – which come first, and which are all controlled by the town planning process – then, tacked-on, notional, landscaping. There is no architecture as such – the most visible residual outcome of this process, the roads and houses, are in effect also designed by planners because of their control of heights, separation from boundaries and set-backs from streets.
Forty years on and New Ash Green has matured, and looks great. But there are a few glitches. Two motorways built nearby have led to reduced use of the shopping centre and it has clearly suffered. Making this worse, the absentee centre owners have paid no attention to maintenance, and this shows; as well, changes have been made which have damaged the original architecture.

There is a railway nearby, but beyond easy walking distance, and there is a bus service. But neither of these can compete with use of personal vehicles so until something changes, such as the cost of motoring, the commercial viability of the shopping centre will remain marginal.

A second problem, a relatively new one, has been the growth of absentee house owners: the so-called buy-to-let investors have moved in. They also neglect maintenance, and have no interest in what their tenants get up to either.
Both New Ash Green and Port Grimau are managed by residents’ committees, and owners are charged an annual fee to cover the costs of this. There are also controls over such things as colours, alterations and additions. Some residents may resent this, but the results are clear: both developments are, albeit in quite different ways, exceptionally attractive, very well maintained, and liveable environments.

Both these developments clearly share a common design ethic. They demonstrate the value of visionary inputs into high quality, comprehensive, and carefully coordinated design processes which recognise our need for human interactions both with each other and with the wider natural environment, as well as our responses to scale, proportion, texture, colour and form.

Contrast this approach to the housing which results from our fractured, leaderless system which reduces design inputs to the absolute legal minimum and we get exactly what we see all around us: visual tedium, sterility, and endlessly cloned oversized roads lined with equally monotonous one type-fits-all houses – each with a wide driveway and a double garage. Recognition of having appealing spaces around us, and of social diversity, or having a pleasant walk to the shops, schools and other amenities?  – forget it: like it or not there is no choice but to jump into your car and drive across town to do these things, and in so doing you will pass through equally soulless surroundings, and end up at a big box retail outfit set in the middle of a gigantic car park and almost never meet anyone you know.
I think there is very clear message behind all this: we can and must do better.

 

PDF: Clifton After T28-C-brochure-( New Zealand, Roger Buck)

Roger Buck can be reached at bucrl@clear.net.nz

Victory Community

  

Victory, Nelson is a long established inner city suburb. The Victory Community centre combines a school hall, health centre, recreation and social services. The school started out with a vision that to educate a child the entire family must be involved.

“Victory Village, comprising Victory Community Health Centre and Victory Primary School, is a unique example of a community-based support group achieving positive health, social and educational outcomes.

After evolving from a number of health and social services operating randomly out of school meeting rooms in a disadvantaged area of Nelson, Victory Village and the wider Victory community have gone on to attract national attention for the way in which they respond and relate to their community’s needs and aspirations. This has resulted in a more sustainable community, with more effective service provision and families that are more stable and resilient.

Victory Community Health Centre actively promotes and provides accessible health services and programmes to residents, acting as an information and referral hub for 13 different agencies and groups.” >>>

Post#13_Victory_GardenCrew

Post#13_Victory_schoolFor more information:

Post#13_Victory_KindraKindra Douglas, communityhealth@victory.school.nz


The Marsden Park master Plan

  
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The Marsden Park master Plan.

John wants to see Nelson attract talented people who have a passion for their work and the lifestyle. He is a developer of a large subdivision in Marsden Valley, Nelson, and I have come to get an idea of what he is trying to achieve.

“Nelson’s industries are the four Fs – Farming, Forestry, Fishing, and Foreigners/Tourists”  He believes his new subdivision will provide high quality housing to attract and retain the talented workers that are important to help regenerate these industries.

View from Marsden Park His new subdivision is in sunny Marsden Valley, close to Richmond and Nelson.  It is a high quality, higher density development that includes sections for single family homes and sections for multi-unit “comprehensive housing” for seniors.

“People will move to Nelson for work”  His development seeks to provide a high quality suburb with rural surrounds.  Quantity has been traded for quality, and he has taken pains to develop a utility and roading infrastructure that will be tidy for many years into the future.

“I just had to accept the idea that as a developer I would be seen as money hungry”  He has taken a large risk by paying for expense of resource consent, surveying, roading, and utilities.  The design had to be carefully considered up front. While a developer might hope for flexibility to change plans midstream to reduce the risk of failure, once a resource consent is obtained, there is little room to move in light of new information or market situations.

And strangely, some ideas generally recognised as good can be received poorly when motives are questioned.  Urban design practice generally recommends higher density living, like smaller lot sizes or multi-unit developments.  And higher density can be more profitable as well for developers.  But for this reason, John feels, plans for higher density living tend to be declined.

John would like to see more testing and advice for developers. “What plants should I have in the swales?” he asks.  He wants to do the right thing, but with so many decisions to make, it is impossible to always know what is the best decision.

I thank John for his tour and leave him to lock the gate.  He is still waiting for someone to begin to build.

Read More:

Residential sections and land for sale at Marsden Park, in Nelson, New Zealand.

Manukau Institute of Technology helps with Sir Edmund Hillary House Rebuild

  

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.