Bob Burnett Architecture was recently featured on Seven Sharp discussing energy costs and solar power. Bob talked about optimal ways to integrate solar to harness the sun’s energy for best efficiency and cost savings.
You can view this clip at TVNZ OnDemand / Seven Sharp / Clips / Does new technology mean solar power is now the answer to rising power prices?
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Check out our latest advert on TradeMe; you can buy the land with concept plans for a Superhome or go the whole way and get the land and a 10 star superhome, built to your specifications.
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
What is the SUPERHOME movement
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The perception that an energy efficient home is too expensive, is a myth.
Now, find out how to create your own healthy home with low or no power bills.
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.
The Superhome movement participants are dedicated to helping you get a new home that will live better, be loved more, use less energy, be affordable, and last longer!
Exemplar Homes tour 2016
Designing Green – 2 hour ADNZ CPD Seminar
Kia Ora – You’ve found BB Architecture. Our team designs award winning, affordable, high performance homes & buildings.
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.
Doing business with us
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.
The historically low quality of Kiwi housing stock has been confronted by building of the first 9 and 10 Star homes in New Zealand.
The demonstration project of two adjacent homes in Church Square aimed at showing what is possible and creating public awareness to destroy the myth it is too expensive to build energy efficient homes. The two exemplar homes 9 and 11 Church Square Addington were originally designed to 9 Star with one rating a perfect 10 on the HomeStar rating scale. This changed the game and put the challenge out to architects, designers, builders and home buyers to aim higher. Bob Burnett of Bob Burnett Architecture announced the 2015 successes to visitors, media and industry in August 2015.
“What is stunning is energy efficient houses don’t cost more if the designs are designed around energy maintenance from the get go. The issue is NZ house designs are at best stuck in the 1980s, it’s like everyone is living in houses the equivalent of driving in old Ford Escorts,” said Bob Burnett. “Cost comparisons can be seen in the excellent resources on the NZ Green Building Council website (http://www.nzgbc.org.nz/) where research is shown, and where local architectural projects are highlighted. We will continue to work with NZGBC and other architects and builders.
“On the back of this we launched NZ Superhomes: with open source sharing of technology, designs, techniques and plans for building homes that don’t have large power bills are healthy and warm. We want NZ building and architecture to see what can be and get on board.”
The specs are impressive:
- Zero Power bills- that is in these houses there is no need to buy power, it’s that efficient.
- Affordability is not only about purchase price but running costs. Significantly lower ongoing running costs for both houses make the return on investment in owning them much higher.
- Both houses feature combined greywater and rainwater systems, with water-efficient plumbing settings
- Hydronic underfloor heating – incredibly innovative floor systems that circulate monitor and manage power for maximum comfort and optimal energy use.
- Slab -edge insulation -eliminating the loss of energy from flooring that is standard Kiwi practice. This simple innovation is a major difference used by Bob Burnett Architecture.
- Quake resilience through design innovations and lessons developed in Christchurch and in California and Japan.
- Optimal use of space, in New Zealand houses and cars have developed the same energy inefficient obesity with expansion in houses that consume and waste energy. The building design and utilisation of space build on Japanese expertise and clever Kiwi design.
- Wall and corner bracing – strengthening the thermal envelope to retain heat and resist quakes
- Solar wall ventilation- Energy efficient lighting – not just LED lighting but lights that follow use and also reduce lighting waste and pollution.
Visit the homes by making an appointment with Bob Burnett Architecture and see for yourself what the homes of the future will have to look like, and feel the difference.
Photovoltaic solar panels
Superwalls- super-insulation, designed to eliminate thermal bridging, stronger, at least 140mm framing, airtight – the best walls and destined to revolutionise the construction of substandard walls used in most Kiwi houses.
At Bob Burnett Architecture we have always said we are at the leading edge of creating the homes New Zealand deserves. Energy efficient dwellings which are examples of best practice in design and construction are a critical part of our method.
The team has been at the forefront of excellent design and building excellent houses.
We built New Zealand’s first 8, 9 and 10 Star Houses. Rated on the 1-10 scale we have led the awareness and expertise in creating houses that can return power to the network and ensure comfortable healthy living.
The 10 Star case files
Church Square Addington Christchurch, 2014/15
Specifications: A 140m2 two storey three bedroom dwelling with two spacious high standard bathrooms and attached carport.
This is NewZealand’s first 10 homestar rated home; it needed to tick all the boxes to score a perfect 10 and also has a 5 Star Lifemark standard.
Super-insulated and super-energy efficient with no power bill, an environmentally sound dwelling that is very healthy, warm, dry, comfortable and also attractive, liveable, incredibly practical, and delightful to live in. There are over 30 innovations that are not common in typical NZ homes.
The ground floor accommodates a large living room utilising passive solar principles, with the centrally located stair separating the entry, kitchen/dining and utility areas, like toilet, laundry and walk in pantry. The attached car port provides covered rear access. The stair landing has space for an office desk and storage each side. The Master bedroom has a large ensuite, good storage and access to a small balcony. Efficient space planning eliminated waste space, for example no hallway. The home relates very well to the Church Square environment.
Designed as an exemplar home and demonstration project for the SUPERHOME movement providing open source sharing of design, technology and information for public and the industry.
The idea has been to create awareness by sharing ideas through a network of industry leaders in home design and construction on how best to build compact but spacious, clever high rated homes for the mass market that provide the best possible value in terms of affordability and ongoing cost of ownership and return on investment.