4 April Networking Meeting

Monday 4 April 2016 at Pegasus Arms 5.30 – 7.30
(near the hospital) … access is off Tuam St or Oxford Tce.

Come and hear about the exciting land opportunity
at our next meeting!

Amongst our line up of speakers this month you will hear:

Sustainable eco-house in Paris with a flexible design.

Sustainable eco-house in Paris with a flexible design.
Click on the image to link to the article.

  • Community focused Architect Hamish Shaw unveiling ideas for a village on land in a regenerating area of our City – lots of opportunity here! (Come and register your interest in being part of this exciting project and book for the first site planning meeting!)
  • Green Developer, Jane Quigley, will briefly summarize the Cohousing book by Kathryn McCamant and Charles Durrett. While recovering from her broken ankle she “got” why a “Breathe Viva Village” would never have worked and why by following the Cohousing manual we can create a truly successful village.

Drinks & bar food will be available for purchase. Call 366 0600 or email orders@pegasus-arms.co.nz for dinner reservation following the meeting.

RSVP to Jane Quigley bjanequigley@gmail.com

Feel free to pass this invitation on to anyone else you think may be interested.

Co-Housing New Zealand – a new national network

co-housingnzOver 30 years ago I lived in a community at St Pauls Anglican Vicarage.  Tim Gummer was one of those people, and we have recently reconnected around contemporary Co-Housing in New Zealand – what goes around comes around it seems.

Tim is behind a small group in Auckland, and set up a facebook group.

In late December he set up a website http://cohousing.org.nz/ to help develop an ecosystem for communities in New Zealand to connect and develop, as a new generation of cohousing emerges here.

It’s early days for the site but like a few properties it’s… ‘full of potential’. Check out http://cohousing.org.nz/communities to see a wide range of formative communities: rural &urban, small &large, site hunting & secured. You might just find a project you want to be part of.  The Viva Community and the New Brighton Sustainable Coastal Village are both there.

Watch their space http://cohousing.org.nz/

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Actual Costs of Building Affordable Homes

There’s lots of talk of why affordable housing is so difficult.  The costs of land and construction are often thrown about as contributing to house prices rising way beyond affordability.

beacon pathwayYet much of those costs are based on anecdote or, at best, modeled information.  What about actual empirical evidence?

Beacon and NZIER have set out to rectify this.

graphUsing the actual costs of 69 affordable and social houses build in Auckland in 2015, we’ve built a Cost Tower.  This divides costs into 7 categories: Land cost; Land development & infrastructure costs; Professional fees; Construction costs; Council and consenting costs;  Finance, valuation and real estate costs; GST.

The Cost Tower shows where the biggest costs fall (Land and construction) and therefore where the biggest impact of reducing costs will be.  Large variances between top and bottom quartiles show there is considerable room for improvement.  Why are some houses built for so much less than others?  That’s a question the Cost Tower will help builders and developers explore.

Cost tower: Construction costs of social and affordable houses, Auckland 2015

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About Beacon

Beacon offers a range of services and expertise to other organisations sharing the same journey toward transforming New Zealand’s houses and neighbourhoods.

With an extensive knowledge base from our five year government research contract, and experience in numerous collaborative demonstration projects, we have a lot to offer.

Whether you want expert advice, have an idea for a demonstration project that needs developing, or want to tap into our network, we can help!

New Brighton Sustainable Coastal Village in the News

Bev and Pauline from stuff

Bev and Pauline

Christchurch Press featured an article about the progress made so far.

We will keep you up to date with developments on the Viva Site, but you can keep in touch directly via their website, facebook page and emailing list

facebookA village powered by solar energy, with roof top gardens to provide food and tanks to harvest rainwater is being proposed for the Christchurch suburb of New Brighton.

New Brighton Coastal VillageSupporters of the sustainable eco-village hope development will start within five years, but they must secure a site first.

New Brighton Sustainable Coastal Village project spokeswomen Pauline Wayman and Bev Shepherd had their sights set on a 2200 square metre block of land on the corner of Beresford and Mafeking streets. The land is an existing Christchurch City Council-owned car park.

The group want to build about nine homes on the site ranging in size from a tiny 19sqm to 116sqm. There would be a mix of one, two and three bedroom houses and space for a couple of tiny houses, along with a communal building, community hall, conservatory, extensive gardens and a chicken shed.

Read more here and add your comments to the Christchurch Press Article



Goodbye to 2015 – 2016 awaits….

PohutukawaThe Viva Committee Wish you Christmas – Summer – Solstice greetings as 2015 draws to a close.

We have continued meeting every two weeks during the year with extra meetings with prospective partners.  We have finally said goodbye to any involvement in the Breathe Anchor Project. read about that here.

However we continue to explore some other options, and remain committed to supporting the building of multiple Sustainable Urban Villages in Christchurch.  The New Brighton Sustainable Coastal Village goes from strength to strength.

Our networking meetings have seen some innovative companies and products on show, and have provided an opportunity to regularly update the community.

We look forward to working with you in the New Year…