Ngarara Sustainable Family Home

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This sustainable home in Ngarara Road, Waikanae was a regional winner of the ADNZ Resene Architectural Design Awards, Resene Colour in Design Award. Ngarara features a two-storey contemporary layout with an in-ground basement driven by the existing typography. The home incorporates style, displays strong design features visible from the street and encompasses sustainable architectural home design to meet the needs of a modern family. 

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  • Location
    / Waikanae, Kapiti Coast
  • Designer
    / Jon Ambler
  • Awards

    ADNZ Resene Architectural Design Awards, Regional Winner, Resene Colour in Design Award 

  • Builder
    / North Face Construction
  • Floor area
    / 276m²
  • Sustainable features
    • Insulation (higher value walls and ceilings)
    • Windows (double glazed with thermal break, Low E glass and argon gas)
    • Under slab and slab edge insulation
    • Air tightness
    • Water storage
    • Solar power
    • Sustainably sourced materials
    • Solar orientation (passive solar and shading)
    • Low energy appliances and low water use fittings

Chris and Leonie Beggs

Congratulations to Jon and the team. As I sit here in the heart of winter writing this in my tee shirt the house is 24 degrees with only Solar heating and while it will drop through the night the coldest, I have seen is 19.2 so pretty good considering we have 27m2 of unprotected glass in the room where we are taking the temperature.

I have managed to get out for a bicycle ride the last couple of nights and have taken great pleasure biking around and seeing everyone with their fires on while I think the borer will get our stash of firewood before we get around to using it.

Leonie and I have started to keep some stats on the house and we can confirm that we have exceeded our target of 90% saving over a std NZ home, in fact we have been exporting power through this time when generation is almost at its lowest so we have saved more than 100% and will become cash positive in terms of energy (not bank balance).

So, thanks for your support and it’s nice to know I'm not crazy and for a small margin over a conventional house you can achieve a big difference in liveability and house performance.
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