National Sustainable Home
The winner of the most sustainable home in the country
The Top 100 homes in the country achieve Gold Reserve status each year, and proceed to the National Finals.
Two Local Supreme Awards are awarded from each regional event.
Local Category Winner
The highest-scoring Gold Award Winner becomes the Local Category Winner.
These are given to entrants who achieve 90% of the available points and judged to be at least 80% above industry standard.
Positioned at the end of a picturesque tree-lined drive, this historic 577sqm Christchurch home has been lovingly updated for the 21st century without losing any of its original character – or its heritage status. The recent overhaul has incorporated a suite of sustainable features for future security. Solar hot-water tubes and PV panels were installed on the protected slate roof. A sprinkler system and earthquake strengthening offer peace of mind.
With extensive insulation, radiators in every room and a wetback log burner connected to the hot-water cylinder in the family living area, this five-bedroom home stays super warm through the Canterbury winter. Sustainable cork flooring graces the bathrooms and kitchen/dining area.
The updated design brings inside and out together, offering a cohesive, flowing living space that makes the most of established gardens, including protected trees. New French doors and a large picture window enhance the effect. Decks, verandas, pergolas and a mudroom cater to the owners’ love of the great outdoors.
AS WELL AS BEING THE CANTERBURY SUPREME RENOVATION OVER $1 MILLION WINNER, this property went on to win the Sustainable Award at the National competition. Not a small feat, with challenges such as adding solar panels to a slate roof. This house incorporates a raft of sustainable and energy efficiencies that provides the occupants with a comfortable and sustainable home.