About the Event
A pioneering communal housing development under construction on the former High Street School site is underway and we have arranged exclusive access to the site with Architype Limited and hosted by architect and Urban Cohousing Otepoti member Tim Ross. Tim will provide an overview of the project, the systems being used, and there will be a chance to see most stages of construction on the site.
While a relatively new concept in New Zealand, cohousing communities have been popular in the northern hemisphere for some time. The project is aiming to achieve the Passivhaus Standard – the leading international standard for energy efficiency and internal comfort. The project has also considered environmental and economic issues regarding building materials to be used, composting, economies of scale and building design etc. So, plenty of interesting ideas and methods to view and discuss whilst on the tour.
Passive house (German: Passivhaus) is a rigorous, voluntary standard for energy efficiency in a building, which reduces the building's ecological footprint. It results in ultra-low energy buildings that require little energy for space heating or cooling.
More information can be found on the project here.
Following the site visit we encourage any branch members to join us at the Speights Ale House on Rattray Street for light refreshments and a catch up with other members.
This event is proudly supported and funded by the Otago PINZ Branch.
Cost: No cost to members- Registration is essential due to Health and Safety Requirements.
Registrations close 5pm 19th September.