Today, more than, ever it’s important to consider the environment when designing your livable space. Hi I’m Ron Seeto and I’ve been traveling the length and breadth of New Zealand with James Hardie. Meeting people who show us that livable space design is within our reach. Today we’re in a leafy suburb of Christchurch to meet up with local.
Designer bob burnett and see new zealand’s first 10 star home. home star is an independent 1 to 10 rating measure of a home’s performance against a set of environmental criteria. This is the way to the future, and I’m looking forward to seeing how this can be done. BOB: Hi Ron RON: G’Day Bob, lovely to meet you. OK Bob, tell me more about the 10 star super home.
Bob: yeah, sure. it’s new zealand’s first 10 star home star rated home and also a demonstration home for the SuperHome movement. So that’s about more than just energy efficiency, sustainability. It’s also about having design integrity, having an appealing looking house that was well planned and functions well. Durability, earthquake resilience, all these things.
Ron: yes, there’s a whole bunch of design factors and i see that you’ve used a particular product. BOB: Yeah we’ve used the James Hardie Axon Panel. We like the fact that you can paint it dark colours and it’s stable. It’s got seamless junctions, and it looks really great, RON: That all sounds pretty amazing. Now most people think that an energyefficient home is more.
Expensive. BOB: It’s a bit of a myth that it’s too expensive. It’s actually not too expensive to do a highperformance home. It’s probably about 10% more to get to a 10 star home, and it’s not difficult. RON: This time is full of innovations. BOB: Do you want me to show you some of the details that go into a 10 star home?.
Ron: certainly. there’s obviously more than meets the eye in a super home. Can you tell me what lurks underneath the skin of a super home. BOB: Structurally this house has a few differences, so we’ve got a different type of timber framing. We’ve also got a Rigid Air Barrier, HomeRAB, instead of a building wrap. That makes the house more resilient, and has superior bracing. It’s also better air tightness then just a wrap. Because of that we’ve incorporated our solar wall, where.
We’re bringing in prewarmed air into our energy recovery ventilation system. RON: Well that all sounds pretty cool and that’s just one of the innovations, isn’t it? Because you’ve got many more. BOB: Yeah, there’s probably 20 or more innovations that are new to typical New Zealand construction. My favorite is no power bill, because we’ve got 18 solar panels on the roof, and we’ve got New Zealand’s first salt water battery backup.
System. RON: Well thank you for sharing your ideas with me today. I found it to be inspirational and educational too. BOB: You’re welcome, Ron. RON: So there you have it, New Zealand’s first 10 star super home. It is encouraging to have designers like Bob passionate about home star ratings. So talk to your local council. Talk to an independent expert. Talk to your architect.
NZ Cemeteries Heritage Week The shipwreck cemeteries
Good morning everybody, i’m really pleased to be here to share with you one of our really interesting shipwrecks the greatest civilian or the most terrible civilian disaster on our series of far flung resting places I’m talking about shipwreck cemeteries This is the S.S. Tararua.
And the actual cemetery’s called the tararua acre you get a little bit of a glimpse of the picture here that it’s really quite a desolate place If we can have the next slide this will actually show you whereabouts it is in New Zealand the first slide.
Which shows the bottom of the south island and then it’s really on this little point here that this incident occurred on a reef The sad part as you’ll see when I tell you a little bit more about the story is that this incident was actually preventable.
And it was really sad that people just didn’t follow the rules The next slide shows us the ship This is a picture of the S.S. Tararua this was from obviously before it was wrecked in the New Zealand Herald on 14 July and the next one.
Is a photo just showing a picture of the wreck now how they got that I have no idea and whether it was somebody who just drew it or whatever but that’s purported to be the Tararua So let’s have a look at actually what happened The Tararua was an intercolonial passenger steamer of some 828 tons.
Now that doesn’t mean anything to me I’m not sure what an 828 ton ship should looks like but you saw the picture before and it was sailing from Port Chalmers in Dunedin and left on 28 April and it was en route to Melbourne.
Via bluff so it had to go round the bottom of the south island on the way to hobart and the Captain actually thought that they had cleared the southernmost point which was not correct And at 5am he struck this reef and the reef goes quite a long way out into the sea so as you’ll hear a little later on at the inquest.
It was not only the captain who obviously didn’t really understand where he was but also the able seaman on lookout who didn’t actually watch carefully what he was doing After the ship was wrecked they had a lifeboat that was taking a volunteer one of the seaman who could swim well.