Building a Better Way
Commended for Vision: The Plant Room for revitalizing Wellington inner city apartments with a bolt-on garden room; Waikato for SIP panel design and backyard sleepout; Whareuku for low-cost housing for rural north island; BACH 101 on Rangitoto Island for only retrofitting what was needed; Ecocrib for considering products that work in concert with the homeowners to make using less energy and water fun and easy; Team Canterbury for affordable, practical new build.
Commended for Collaboration: Team Canterbury and Team Dunedin for pulling together entire tertiary organisations; Whareuku for student-led team including engineering, a fine-arts exhibition and film crew; Team Housewise for closely working with a tenant to meet family's aspirations for their home; BACH101 for working with the leaseholder.
Commended for Communication: Whareuku for their deep involvement of local community; Team Dunedin for their unique labelling system highlighting the many hidden features; The Plant Room for hosting public design sessions, colouring book sessions and events that built a design through community thinking.
Commended for Innovation: Whareuku for earth walls strengthened physically and culturally with flax fibres, providing a literal connection to the land; Team Central Otago for reuse of materials, including designing the house to fit the recycled windows.
Retrofit: Team Housewise. Comprised of members from Housing New Zealand, University of Auckland, New Zealand Housing Foundation and Landcare Research, the team explored how an existing house could provide a more comfortable, healthy and sustainable living experience for the family.
New Build: Team Central Otago incorporating Otago Polytechnic's Central Otago campus and Sol Design, excelled for its attention to detail. The very well insulated strawbale house provides a range of comfortable living spaces while making use of a range of innovative building materials.
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