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Waikato House, By SOLAREI

Home Details

Land Area
1200 m2 m2
Building area
240 m2 m2
Year built
3 bedroom(s), 1 bathroom(s)
Te Kauwhata House in Waikato, New Zealand, is a three-bedroom, passive solar, energy efficient family home that utilizes green architecture principles on a medium scale budget. It is passively self-heated during winter, self-cooled over summer and employs green materials throughout. The home is 240m² situated on a two acre property in the North Waikato.

Designed by Solarei in conjunction with Helen Richards of Powered Living Limited, the home is oriented due North to maximize solar gain and take full advantage of the low angled winter sun which passively heats its internal concrete slab floors and concrete block walls. The annual energy use is around 3200kWh’s, with power provided by a 3.2 kW grid connected solar panel system. Internal temperatures passively peak at 24⁰ during later afternoon mid-winter.

The house collects rainwater for drinking and reduces water consumption through water efficient fixtures. Materials include untreated Lawson Cyprus timber for exterior cladding, untreated Macrocarpa timber for interior shelves and architraves, natural bio-paints for the interior finishes, and wool/polyester composite insulation.

The house was Awarded First Place equal in The Residential Concrete Sustainability Awards sponsored by Cement & Concrete Association of New Zealand (CCANZ) and has been made a feature passive solar house on USA based ‘www.solaripedia.com’ , online green building resource.

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