The Top 100 homes in the country achieve Gold Reserve status each year, and proceed to the National Finals.
These are given to entrants who achieve 90% of the available points and judged to be at least 80% above industry standard.
Regional APL Sustainable Excellence
Sponsored by APL Window Solutions, this award recognises excellence in sustainable building and energy efficiency.
On the hillside at The Preserve is Hidden Island, an exceptional home designed to maximise 360-degree views. The 800sqm home, with 200sqm of terraces and decks, has also been designed to blend into the landscape through use of discreet materials and a clever palette.
Two house forms are set into the natural ridgeline beneath the Remarkables and overlooking Lake Wakatipu and the Jack’s Point golf course. A two-storied wing faces the mountains to the east. The upper level contains three bedrooms, an office and a separate living area, while there are a garage, storage and laundry area below. The west wing faces the lake and has the main living spaces. A separate wing has guest suites.
Elements such as the cantilevered staircase off a travertine wall, honed blue stone and feature steelwork demonstrate attention to detail. Achieving a thermally efficient and low-energy home was a critical part of the brief. The response is a high-performing thermal envelope with a heavily insulated roof, while thermally broken, double-glazing and large eaves regulate heat during the summer. A ground-source heating system and photo-voltaic solar panels were also installed.