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Seven of Christchurch’s most innovative and sustainable homes will be opened to the public in May to encourage others to build smarter.
The free Exemplar Homes Tour will allow people to see inside a selection of homes built to showcase sustainable and affordable design.
People will be able to step inside homes that are among the greenest in New Zealand, homes that have no power bills, homes that collect rainwater, and homes that use solar energy to power their car. At each home people will be able to speak to the designer or builder and learn more about its special features.
The tour, which allows people to visit the homes in any order they want at any time between 11am and 4pm each weekend in May, has been organised by the Superhome Movement in partnership with Christchurch City Council.
“We want people to experience these homes for themselves, see the technology at work and help them to understand that it is possible to build better quality homes at little or no additional cost,” said Christchurch City Council Sustainability Principal Advisor Tony Moore.
“If people are thinking about building new homes we want them to be making informed choices and building healthy, sustainable homes. Hopefully a visit to these seven exemplar homes will help inspire them,” Mr Moore said.
Details of the seven homes that are part of the tour and a map showing their location can be found here.
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Since its inception Bob Burnett Architecture has established a reputation for award-winning, high performance hill homes and environmental design. Bob’s own epic home on the Port Hills was a testing bed for innovative sustainability and design ideas that were subsequently incorporated in future designs.
Most designs are a fusion of ideas from the two directors Bob Burnett and Shizuka Yasui which express influence from both Japanese and New Zealand Architecture. When we consider Japanese architecture, we think tranquillity, harmony, natural materials, efficiency and smart detailing. They are the masters of tight spaces, creating the illusion of spaciousness while working with a compact footprint.
The practice’s core philosophies include design for comfort, functionality and delight to provide the best possible living experience; optimizing building performance within the available budget; providing value for money when considering upfront costs, ongoing costs and return investment. It has an affinity for solar and passive house principles and aims to encourage quality over quantity with the belief that if you can master a cleverly designed compact home, then a big budget home is a cinch.#Following the earthquake Bob instigated Quakestar, a rating system for a building’s performance in earthquakes and has also been supportive of Homestar, a 1 to 10 rating tool for energy, health, comfort and environmental attributes.
Bob is a recognised industry spokesperson, who has championed better building standards, some of which are demonstrated in the country’s first 10 Homestar home. This modest size house on a small site was designed as a demonstration project for the SUPERHOME movement. The movement’s focus is on providing the open source sharing of innovative design ideas, technologies and building techniques; connecting experts and leaders in the industry with each other and the wider community.
Founded by Bob and Martin Reilly, SUPERHOME movement is a not-for-profit industry group creating a paradigm shift for home owners, builders and designers, triggering behavioural change in decision making.
At the launch of the SUPERHOME movement and the first 10 Homestar home approximately a year ago, Lianne Dalziel, Mayor of Christchurch, said it was exactly what the Christchurch rebuild needs. The SUPERHOME movement’s activities have led to bigger projects with Bob being engaged as an advisor, then designer, on City Council social housing with several private developers, initiating large multi-unit Eco Village developments with minimum Homestar ratings of 6 and 7 stars. These will be the largest clusters of Homestar 6 and above homes in the country.
Sponsored by the Christchurch City Council and Build Back Smarter, the Exemplar Homes Tour opened up seven houses by various SUPERHOME movement participant companies for the public to view during the weekends of May.
Word of mouth and social media created a ground swell of awareness with approximately 3000 people visiting these Exemplar Homes. The public were able to enjoy and experience these homes first-hand and also be introduced to the techniques required to achieve a warmer, dryer and healthier home.
The interest has been phenomenal with 50 companies now participating in Christchurch, while September 2016 saw the successful launch of the movement in Auckland and Wellington. The Exemplar Homes Tour is already geared up for May 2017 in Christchurch with other cities to be confirmed.
We continue to ensure that Bob Burnett Architecture home owners have the best and most resilient structures for their homes.
The QuakeStar aim is to improve the management of earthquake risk in the residential and property industry by providing owners, tenants, users and the public a basic means to distinguish between buildings on the basis of assessed earthquake performance in terms of safety, damage and repair time.
Using the experience of the Canterbury earthquakes and working with like-minded groups offshore, a building rating system for earthquake performance has been developed. Insurers, builders and owners all benefit from a star rating which provides peace of mind by achieving better and safer buildings with reduced earthquake risk. Quake Star had the backing of the Earthquake Engineering Society and is supported by a range of experts.
Seismic assessments of existing buildings are much more complex than designing a new building. Assessment involves judgement calls for residents, owners, employers, staff and insurers. QuakeStar provides better appreciation of safety for levels of seismic events by rating the performance standards for buildings and houses. For homes this means safer building and also understanding how to limit the need for major repairs in smaller quakes. For businesses, employee and customer, lower insurance, quicker back in business and less worry.
Bob Burnett Architecture can provide a 1-5 QuakeStar ratings for their projects.
Homestar is the independent tool that rates the performance of New Zealand homes taking into account health, comfort, energy, water, ventilation, waste and other environmental factors.
Homestar is always a part of Bob Burnett Architecture and is being promoted and used by New Zealand designers and developers to provide reliable, independent assurance to clients and purchasers that a home has attained high standards of health, comfort, sustainability and efficiency.
The Homestar community includes: the New Zealand Green Building Council – the owner and administrator of Homestar Homestar professionals who are trained and accredited in use of the Homestar tool ¯ owners, developers, builders who are managing and / or marketing registered Homestar projects Homestar Partners – companies or affiliates who sponsor or partner with Homestar.
The use of social media and meeting to share information and developments, lessons and ideas make
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The Superhome Movement is gathering the very best in learning, products, and expertise to help you get a much better new house for your money.
SUPERHOME movement is a not-for-profit industry led group creating a paradigm shift for homeowners, builders and designers, triggering behavioural change in decision making on building superior homes.
SUPERHOME movement provides open source sharing of new design ideas, technologies and building techniques; connecting leading experts in the industry with each other and the wider community.
Collaborating to provide better value for money, superior designed and resiliently built, environmentally sound homes that are more energy efficient, healthier, warmer, dryer. SUPERHOMES are a far better return on investment when considering upfront cost, lower ongoing costs and superior resale value. The SUPERHOME movement is a trusted brand and quality mark providing a reliable source of the correct valuable information and contacts for industry participants and homeowners a like. The movement provides a tight referral network of leading experts and the homeowners and industry participants benefit greatly from the open sharing of ideas and cost savings through a shared buying group. For participant companies it is a source of more and better quality customers who are in turn with the same values and share the same goals to create a better place to live.
Exemplar Homes tour 2016
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Bob Burnett Architecture creates energy efficient, earthquake resistant and smart space design in beautiful stylish buildings fit for purpose.
Based in Christchurch, we work on a range of residential and commercial projects within New Zealand, you can be one of our partners in creating the next generation of houses, and offices. Contact us.
At Bob Burnett Architecture we are innovative award winning local and international architects and designers. We draw on overseas and local innovation and current best practice to develop structures that are appealing, environmentally sound, high performance homes and buildings. New Zealand house construction has developed slowly, and is still a rough approximation of houses in the 1950s. At Bob Burnett Architecture we aim to bring the advances in heating, power use and better construction to you and all our customers.
“Architecture should be beautiful; in harmony with nature and demonstrate character, and performing as a highly functional, thermally efficient, low energy, safe, healthy, comfortable and fantastic place to live.”
We want you to join us in living more comfortably and sustainably in a Bob Burnett Architectural future home.
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We want to make your project, residential or commercial, an example of design excellence.
Experience and best practice has shown us the way to work is a disciplined focus where we work with you through conception, design and building process.
We’re happy to answer initial questions and introduce ourselves to you, but we’re a busy active group and believe the we must define your needs and requirements and begin your project with a brief. We know that unplanned, unstructured questions and discussion rarely results in the house you want or deserve. We’re busy working for our existing clients to deadlines so we want to establish our working relationship with you right from the start. Our existing clients appreciate our approach of determining who wants an excellent house or office and who really just wants to talk. We are aware that if we are diverted by queries and long discussions that won’t lead anywhere it can affect progress for people already committed and working towards a result.
We can meet in person, by Skype or a net meeting system to begin. From there we develop a brief and once that has been agreed we develop plans.
You can pre-pay for a one hour or 90 minute initial consultation for your project.
To organise your first meeting with us use this form which also sets up payment authorisation. The first meeting is only $150 with one of our experienced architectural designers or architects. Further costs are negotiated as we progress. From that first meeting we will be starting the journey to a modern, exciting home with energy efficient and quake resistant design.