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Award Winning - First Light House

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28 Lightning Ridge View
Hawkes Bay
1 bedroom(s), 2 bathroom(s)
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Open Home Times
Sun 14 Aug 2016, 11am - 12pm

To be sold by tender (closes on 1 Sep)

Inspired by a traditional Kiwi bach, the design of this incredible house reflects the relaxed New Zealand lifestyle, where socialising and a connection with the outdoors are central to living. Nestled into its stunning hill top site over-looking Bare Island and the coastline stretching northwards at Waimarama the views are maximised.

It was designed to create multi-functional rooms while keeping practical concerns like storage in mind with every inch of space utilised. Perfect for a couple but flexible enough to sleep six because of the ingenious system of bunks and fold down beds in the living room.

It has a tiny footprint, a zero energy design, triple glazed windows and a host of power, heating, cooling and energy monitoring technology, meaning that most months the energy company delivers a cheque not a bill.  The flooring is a two inch slab of concrete used for thermal mass to stabilize the internal temperature by storing heat during the day and releasing it at night.  The house utlises other passive principcals such a clever layout of walls and windows for air flow and solar gain.

There is a 6.3kW solar power system on the roof and a solar hot water system.  A heat pump is provided for extra cold days in winter.  

Called "First Light" because New Zealand is the first country in the world to see the light every day, the bach was designed by a team of architecture students from Victoria University as NZ's entry for the US Department of energy Solar Decathlon in 2011 and was the first ever finalist from the Southern Hemisphere, achieving 3rd place.

Western Red Cedar cladding & a floating canopy give the house style and aesthetic interest as well as being functional. The bespoke furniture will be included as chattels in this sale.

The entire house is insulated by a minimum of 240mm of recycled sheep’s wool insulation. This gives the house an R-value of 6 – almost three times greater than the New Zealand building code requires. The house has been designed to use less than one third of the energy of a typical New Zealand home. Design principles to minimize energy use have been incorporated into the design to allow for minimal reliance on mechanical heating and cooling, which results in a reduced need for energy overall.

The property will be featured on TV 1 program The New Zealand Home on Friday August 19th at 19.30pm.

To view a brochure about the house click here.

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