VIVA AGM Monday 27 June

Viva Networking meeting and short AGM
Focus on Building Costs

5.30-7.30  Monday 27 June 2016
Pegasus Arms,14 Oxford Terrace
(hospital end) Access off Tuam St or Oxford Tce (map)
RSVP to Jane Quigley (
bjanequigley@gmail.com)

Housing Affordability

Our huge building costs are making housing unaffordable to many New Zealanders. Over the next few months we will explore why this is and the alternatives.                                  

Park HomesAt our AGM we will have an informal discussion on ParkHomes, (www.ParkHomes.co.nz), with creator Paul Hennessey. Paul has designed an innovative way to deal with TC3 land creating a warm, well insulated, compact home that does not cost the earth

SUBS DUE!
Bring your $20 VIva Subscription   (or click here to pay online)

For your reference:

The Viva! Project
Our vision: “Creating Vibrant Urban Villages, Innovative and Inspiring Examples of Sustainable Design and Connected Community”

 

Innovating in Melbourne Apartments

The Commons, a precursor to the Nightingale apartment projects, is built and occupied. It showed the Melbourne financial model works

The Commons, a precursor to the Nightingale apartment projects, is built and occupied. It showed the Melbourne financial model works

Better, cheaper apartments in Melbourne might provide New Zealand with a model. WILL HARVIE reports in The Press

Architects design, they don’t develop. But in Melbourne a group of architects are getting into the development game and doing it their way, an ethical way.

“We are not trying to squeeze out every last dollar,” says James Legge, a founding director of Six Degrees Architects and a key player in the Nightingale model of sustainable apartment development.

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The planned Nightingale One apartment project. Could you live here?

“Our cities and their inhabitants deserve beautiful, well-built and well-sized homes designed for real life,” reads the Nightingale website. “At present, the market is not delivering this and as long as the current formula remains profitable, there is no incentive to raise the bar on the status quo.”

The Nightingale social enterprise model starts with about 20 ethical investors. Some of these are architects – mid-career designers who can manage a $100,000 investment, says Legge – but others are sophisticated investors who lean toward doing good with their money….

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The rooftop garden on the precursor project called The Commons.

…It turns out that the model works well with buildings four or five stories high and 20 to 30 units. These buildings are in the “European mode”, Legge says, small enough that all living there will know each other and still having a connection to the street. “It’s not like they’re living in the sky,” he says….

… Purchasers also must participate in Nightingale’s financial model. They’re getting well-designed apartments at low cost but they signed contracts that forbid flipping for a quick buck. Owners must sell to people on the database and they get only the original purchase price, the value of any improvements plus a bump calculated from indexed apartment price rises from the surrounding neighbourhood. “There’s no windfall for the first seller,” Legge says by phone from Melbourne…

James Legge will be speaking at Green Building Council’s Sustainable Housing Summit in Auckland on June 15 and Christchurch on June 17. 

Rosemary reflects: Love their model – engaging people in the process of design, bypassing some of the underlying costs by combining functions, and limiting the way apartments can be on sold to avoide speculation 

Read the whole article here

Christchurch Sustainable Housing Summit 2016

Linear Park June 9 201417 June 2016 8-3pm
Christchurch Civic Building
Level 1, Function Room, 53 Hereford Street

Price (exclusive of GST)
  • $300.00 for members New Zealand Green Building Council
  • $350.00 for non-members

To Book Click here or for more information

Housing in New Zealand faces many challenges – not least reversing the health impacts of low quality homes while meeting exploding demand. How do we resolve these thorny issues to create resilient, liveable homes and communities?

The biennial Sustainable Housing Summit is your opportunity to hear about inspiring international and local projects, innovative solutions, and models that work. Join us to be informed and inspired, and to network with like-minded peers around the critical challenges and opportunities facing housing in New Zealand.

hear from our knowledgeable and thought-provoking speakers from New Zealand and around the world…

  • Councillor Andrea Reimer, City of Vancouver: Greenest City on Earth: Glimpses from Vancouver
  • Adam Beck, Director, Centre for Urban Innovation, Brisbane:  A New Code for Sustainable Neighbourhoods: Glimpses from North America.
  • Carolyn Ingles, Head of Urban Design, Regeneration and Heritage, Christchurch City Council  Opening Speaker: Challenges and chances for the residential building sector.
  • James Legge, Director, Six Degrees Architects, Melbourne: The Nightingale Model: Upsetting the status quo of the speculative multi-residential housing development

  • Richard Palmer, Associate Director – Sustainability, WSP, Sydney  Precinct Infrastructure: The key to effective urban transformation

  • Viv Heslop, Sustainability Manager – Panuku Development Auckland: Successful Urban Revitalisation: Lessons from Auckland’s Wynyard Quarter

  • Tim Porter, Project Director – Major Projects, Holmes Solutions: Waste reduction through evidence-based design and prefabrication

The Panel Discussion and Open Mike includes:

  • Robert Linterman – general manager residential, Energy Efficiency and Conservation Authority (EECA)
  • Professor Robyn Phipps – professor in construction, program director construction and leader of the Built Environment cluster, Massey University
  • Geoff Butcher – Cooperative Sections and Community Housing Trust
  • Geoff Simmons – general manager, Morgan Foundation

Exemplar Homes Self Guided tour in May

11 CHURCH SQUARESeven of Christchurch’s most innovative & sustainable homes will be opened to the public in May to show you leading edge building options.

The FREE Exemplar Homes Tour will allow people to see inside a selection of homes built to showcase sustainable and affordable design.

  • 11 Church Square, Addington
  • 9 Church Square, Addington
  • 94 Hills Rd, Edgeware
  • 94 Westminster St, St Albans
  • 24 Fovant Street, Russley
  • 508 Manchester Street
  • 67 Te Rito St, Prestons

Tour runs every weekend in May.
No need to register;
visit in any order you like
11am – 4pm Saturdays and Sundays 7 – 29 May

MORE INFORMATION

We want people to experience these homes for themselves, see the technologies at work and help them to understand that it is possible to build better quality homes at little or no additional cost,” said Christchurch City Council Principal Advisor – Sustainability Tony Moore.  “If people are thinking about building new homes we want them to be making informed choices and building healthy, sustainable homes. A visit to these seven exemplar homes will help inspire them

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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.

Strawbuilding in New Zealand

Huff and puff: Is straw the future of New Zealand house construction?

straw-buildingToday’s alternative? Straw houses! According to the organisers of the International Straw Build Conference at Methven in Canterbury last month, ‘straw-earth buildings’ are the way of the future for New Zealand housing, as supplies of cement and steel are forecasted to deplete over the next 15-or-so years, and as the price of heating (and cooling) a house increases.  Read More

I have had a few friends who went to this International Conference, all of them were enthusiastic.  Strawbale construction has developed and is being used in many creative ways.  Keep an eye out for more on this

Read more about the Conference here

 

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

Read More

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…