10 homestar demonstration home

Exemplar Demonstration Projects to provide a model for energy efficient, affordable housing to high homestar standard Exemplar Demonstration Homes.

Design Rationale
Two high performance dwellings on an infill site on an appealing corner in Church Square, Addington rated to 10 homestar. 11 Church Square is a two storey home on the corner and 9 Church Square is single storey and positioned so as to allow northern sun to the two storey dwelling. Near Hagley Park and many other amenities in Addington commercial, retail and hospitality area. Uber

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The wait is almost over....Open Chch festival of architecture is this weekend!! Sat 4 May and Sun 5 May. https://openchch.nz/ Featured this year The Big Cottage designed by Shizuka Yasui and Bob Burnett sold out quickly but a small number of extra tickets have been released due to popular demand.


Join us at the Superhome Summit this Sat 11 Nov 2pm. Past Present Future. Recap on the tours or learn what you missed if you couldn't make it. Then we will discuss the exciting 2024 Superhome initiatives. This is a free event. Drinks and food provided so please RSVP for catering.


Visit Canterbury's most beautiful, warm, healthy Superhomes for inspiration.
The open weekend self-guided tours of previous years have been replaced this year with the two guided Bus tours, presenting higher value in depth experiences where you get expert commentary from project designers builders, and other experts involved in the projects. With talks on hot topics and sharing of lots of super design ideas and the latest building techniques.

Friday 25th August is SOLD OUT but if you are quick you can still secure your tickets for Saturday 26th of August 2023 before they sell out!

The tour includes lunch at The Old Vicarage Restaurant, and drinks and networking at Morrell & Co the end of the day.

Tickets are $110.00+GST
The early bird rate of $82.50 is still available for past tour attendees
and for Superhome Participants it is half-price, Superhome Partners FREE!!
Saturday 26 August

Photos from Architectural Designers New Zealand's post 07/08/2023
Photos from Bob Burnett Architecture's post 15/02/2023

This Superhome sticks out like the proverbial in Prebbleton. A pearl amongst a sea of sameness.

Photos from Bob Burnett Architecture's post 13/12/2022


SUPERHOME BUS TOUR Christchurch 2022 Friday 2nd September

Event description
An enjoyable, educational and inspirational day visiting some of NZ's most beautiful, sustainable, healthy homes.

A fun learning adventure with expert commentary from owners, architects, builders and developers. Hear from the owners, designers and builders about the difference a Superhome makes . Ask the owners question about what its like to live in a superhome, the running cost and process and cost to create it etc. A day of collegial fun, valuable learnings and connecting with inspiring like-minded people and professionals.

Something really special happens when you take a group of passionate people on a city bus to visit exemplary superhomes. There is a superb level of interaction, engagement and positive energy. Experiencing the quality of homes, meeting the experts and owners, and discussing in an open and honest way the lessons, is a wonderful and very valuable experience.

Start 8:15 Lunch is provided and after drinks at 5:30. Ticket $95

Info below for Industry members

ADNZ POINTS - 6 pts | d3|dc1|c1.5|pm.5

NZRAB POINTS - 60 pts | d30|dc10|proj man15|pm 5

Please register on the day to claim NZRAB (NZ registered architects board) points


It's super great to see the NZ windows industry gearing up to offer higher performance windows. I commend MBIE for improving the required R values (thermal resistance values) for windows. Superhome Movement has been calling for this for many years. Windows are so important as this is where most of the heat loss is. But does this mean we are catching up with the rest of the world? Almost, but not quite? This is a super great first step but there are still important aspects missing from the code updates which is just requiring high R values. Still what's missing is airtightness and proper installation. To get the full benefit from investing in higher-performing windows one must ensure they are installed correctly, with an airtight, thermal bridge free install and crucially important is that they are recessed in the warm part of the wall, in line with the wall insulation. That's just the way the rest of the world has been doing it for decades. Windows should not be installed with just a wet seal and flush overlapping the cladding in the cold cladding cavity as per the building code acceptable solution. Instead, the correct double-sided tapes must be used to achieve a consistent and reliable airtight result. Unfortunately the above will most likely not happen unless the consumers ask the questions as the industry will continue to just follow the code details.
Never Fear! Superhome Movement is here to save the day.
Ask for SuperWindow details or talk to a SuperDesigner, 👷‍♂️ SuperBuilder and/or SuperSupplier. www.superhome.co.nz/who
You can also check the https://lnkd.in/gsKW2jM

Far reaching changes are coming to the window industry with the revisions to the Building Code H1 energy efficiency standards, learn how APL is prepared 👇



Open letter from the Superhome Movement to the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment (MBIE)

MBIE is proposing to extend the transition period for adopting new insulation requirements for housing in the building code (Acceptable Solution H1/AS1 and Verification Method H1/VM1). The proposed change would extend the transition period for 6 months to 1 May 2023.

Our view is that there is no legitimate reason for this and continuing to build under-specced unhealthy homes that will be here for 90+ years, burdening current and future generations by being difficult and expensive to heat. There are currently 49,000 homes built per annum and this will mean another 24,500 homes that will not meet World Health Organization (WHO) recommended internal temperatures, will consume energy unnecessarily and produce over 5 times the carbon emissions required to meet the Paris agreement. Within 10-20 years these new homes will require expensive retrofits to meet our international climate obligations and in some cases, this will not even be possible. When the latest International Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) report was announced a few weeks ago, the message was clear “it’s now or never” if we are to have a chance to avoid further serious climate change and avoid crisis tipping points. The industry and residents cannot accept poor standards any longer, as research shows poor housing results in dyer life-changing health issues. Improving how we build is crucial to solving this health crisis and providing a better healthier future for kiwis that is both financially positive and climate positive. The current changes are already too little too late. We need to move faster and more decisively to help our whanau into homes that are healthy for people and the planet. When the building code consultation was received, feedback overwhelmingly called for improvements in line with international standards. Instead, in reality, the proposed changes are a very small first step and still a long way off this. If these first baby steps are delayed, it does not bode well for timely and appropriate implementation of more significant wider-reaching future changes that are what's required.

Industry capability and supply issues.
Superhome Movement members are ready and capable now and are adapting to potential supply delays by pre-ordering well in advance. The current project pipeline would mean projects submitted in November 2022 would not be consented to until early 2023 and things like windows and additional insulation would not be required until the 2nd quarter of 2023 at the earliest. There are undoubtedly some general material supply issues affecting the industry. However, products and materials relevant to the H1 changes are not affected by this. GIB is required for any dwelling, whether it's warm and energy-efficient or a code minimum cold damp energy-hungry build. We have heard from the Window and Glass Association of NZ (WGANZ) and others, that the industry is rapidly gearing up, and WGANZ say that they will be ready by November 2022. Suppliers of insulation assure us that they can supply what's required. In fact, most standard homes could have the additional insulation added after practical completion in any case, as they predominately have trusses. Superhome Movement Charitable Trust has offered to provide CPD training for the current and future changes that will be required.

Please like or email 'now' to [email protected] to show your support! and we encourage you to also make your own personal submissions to MBIE.

Please do make your own submission. Cut and paste ours if you like or parts of it. The consultation closes on 13 June 2022, 5pm and link is here. https://lnkd.in/dTtuHh9c

A copy of the MBIE communication is linked here.https://https://lnkd.in/djMFMDg3

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NZ's First 10 Star Superhome for sale

Take a Superhome tour - Metropol 09/08/2021

It Tour Time this weekend 10am -4pm Sat 14 & Sun 15

Take a Superhome tour - Metropol The Superhome movement tours are back for 2021. Tour organisers are excited to showcase several future-proofed Superhomes, designed and built to be environmentally aware and in harmony with nature. Warmer in winter and easier to heat for less cost.   Superhome co-founder and designer Bob Burnett sa...

Photos from 10 homestar demonstration home's post 08/08/2021

10 Star Superhome for sale

Bob Burnett Architecture has constantly pushed the envelope to improve the design and construction process of residential homes. This means remarkable houses that are beautifully designed, thermally superior, super insulated, mechanically ventilated, and installed with high performance window and door joinery.

Every step of the design and construction process in this home has been carefully considered to maximise energy efficiency and healthy living environment. Featuring a fully insulated concrete raft floor slab with hydronic underfloor central heating system. Engineered bracing with superior seismic resistance including seismic dampers. Rainwater and grey water recycling. Energy recovery ventilation system linked to solar wall design. PV solar panel system. These are just some of the outstanding features helping to achieve a healthy, environmentally sound, and extremely comfortable home.

Strategically positioned in the heart of Addington, benefiting from ongoing regeneration, diversity, and a suburb recognised as fast becoming one of Christchurch's lively post-earthquake success stories. This home also overlooks the beautiful Anglican Church of St Mary the Virgin, gracefully occupying the central site of Church Square. With listed heritage items and many established and protected trees located within an attractive Heritage Setting, providing a truly magnificent urban outlook.

As Bob says, "why can't all houses be built like this".
Now there is an opportunity for this home to be your home. Please do not delay with your enquiries.

Auction Wednesday 1st September, 12:30pm on site - 11 Church Square, Addington (unless sold prior).

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