The Parklands House achieves Homestar 8

The Parklands house homestar built rating of 8 has officially been approved. Thank you to Julie Villard from Eco Advisor for acting as our assessor and the Christchurch City Council for supporting the Superhome participants to achieve a green star rating. 

We have achieved this without any real planning around the green star framework.   How high do you think you could go if you consider the greenstar framework in your initial brief to your designer?

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Cost effective foundation designs for Hurley Street Huts

Work on the Hurley Street Huts is progressing - bad weather in June has slowed things down but because we have a very simple foundation solution we are still progressing nicely.  The construction method on Hurley is different to anything we have used before and it's fantastic to have consultants committed to spending money on quality buildings above ground by creating innovative solutions below ground.     Below some pics of progress and a blurb from our structural engineer.

Sensible and lightweight building design combined with some lateral thinking to deal with the challenging ground conditions resulted in an efficient foundation solution for the Healthy Huts on Hurley Street.    

Technical Category 3 sites typically require large mass bulk excavation with thick gravel rafts and concrete slabs, diverting funds away from other areas of the build. A thorough site investigation and a pragmatic assessment by LandTech Consulting allowed the structural engineers, Lewis Bradford, to explore a more traditional and straightforward posthole foundation system, tied together with reinforced concrete ground beams. This directly addresses the soft soil at shallow depths and mitigates the lateral spreading potential
— Robert Lane - Lewis Bradford Consulting Engineers

 

 

 

 Front and centre our dedicated builder Drew Ison from IC Builders.  www.icbuilders.co.nz

Front and centre our dedicated builder Drew Ison from IC Builders. www.icbuilders.co.nz

 Concrete poured on Unit 3

Concrete poured on Unit 3

 unit 2 progress

unit 2 progress

 Floor joists finished ready to take our flooring.  As you can see our site is very narrow with no room for Cars!  The adjacent driveway is not our land.

Floor joists finished ready to take our flooring.  As you can see our site is very narrow with no room for Cars!  The adjacent driveway is not our land.

Healthy huts on Hurley are underway

The construction of three healthy huts on Hurley Street in the Avon Loop is underway this week.   Below a photo of the bare site and an image of the finished development.  

 

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 Healthy Huts on Hurley have been designed with functionality and personal responsibility at the forefront of our minds. We have foregone the commodity of onsite parking in favour of liveable spaces that promote health and happiness for the occupants. We favor materials that interact with the natural environment to create a naturally warm, dry and healthy living environment. This is a future proofed project. Watch this space!

Healthy Huts on Hurley have been designed with functionality and personal responsibility at the forefront of our minds. We have foregone the commodity of onsite parking in favour of liveable spaces that promote health and happiness for the occupants. We favor materials that interact with the natural environment to create a naturally warm, dry and healthy living environment. This is a future proofed project. Watch this space!