Whare Tupu. Place your Pou.

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Whare Tupu. Place Your Pou.

Project 2019-06-16 15:40:22 +1200

 

The issue

Housing crisis/opportunity? So many talking points, but I will focus on the positive. I don't have all the answers and no one will, but we can all help make change and add a piece to the puzzle.

Many organic grassroot movements have grown free from Government and corporate direction. The Tiny House movement, CoHousing, Papakainga and families building their own homes are examples of how we are creating our own change. There is a shift in the demand for alternatives, to simplify, reduce the cost of living and live how we used to live traditionally. Environmental awareness is becoming more important and especially technology that combines ecological values, affordability and simplicity.

 

My solution..

..Is to streamline the process for those looking to move back to their whenua and build a top quality efficient whare. With my social enterprise i will supply  super-insulated airtight thermal shells to form WHARE TUPU which utilise the principle of FABRIC FIRST. Whare Tupu form the walls and roof of your project, after which they can then be finished your own way, with your own whanau and connections. They are made from a modern panel system replacing the need for inefficient timber framing or concrete walls.


Fabric First

 A ‘fabric first’ approach to building design involves maximizing the performance of the components and materials that make up the building envelope itself (bones of the house), before considering the use of mechanical or electrical building service systems. In NZ we mainly do the opposite, the building fabric is usually of poorer quality and efficiency (leaky!), relying on costly secondary services and appliances. We address the symptoms with huge energy, health and social costs but ignore the CORE of the problem. A lot of new development property today is described by the talking heads as "warm, dry, affordable" without any explanation or information how exactly. This is done on purpose. We need to start asking more questions and show public demand that we need better.

 Superinsulated

Superinsulation is like a thermos flask, it keeps your drink the temperature you want it. Iced teas, hot coffee or warm milk.

Whare Tupu have a starting insulation rating of R10 in the roof and walls with no thermal bridging. 

NZ standards calls for R3.3 in the roof and R2.0 in the walls. This is why NZ homes need excessive heating and cooling. When you hear of a house that is described as warm and dry etc they are not telling you that appliances like heat pumps and wood burners are essential…..and then they need to be on all the time because the heat simply leaks away due to poor air tightness levels.

This house in England looks in appearance just like the other houses, but being superinsulated and airtight means there is no massive heat loss....the core of the house is built using the same material as the Whare Tupu core.

 Airtightness

Air tightness is vital in that it allows the internal environment to be fully controlled. Fresh filtered air? yes please! Damp, pollen, mold, draughts and smells? Er no thanks. Airtightness is measured by how much air leaks from the building envelope over an hour at a certain pressure.

Whare Tupu have an airtightness rating starting at about 1m3/[email protected] before enhancement.

Passive House (Premium Internationally recognised standard) airtightness rating is 0.6m3/[email protected] after enhancement. 

New Zealand does not have any airtightness targets in its building code. Most are as poor as 6-9m3/[email protected]

Whare Tupu micro climate

Whare Tupu grow…

The key concept of Whare Tupu is that they are unique to your plans and grow over time, just like your whenua you are developing also. They are future proof in that they can be added to easily modular style and will adapt to a changing climate at a macro and micro level. They are supplied and installed as the shell only. 

Whare Tupu

Whare Tupu features

Several features add to the affordability and simplicity of a Whare Tupu core. Current raw material costs compared with timber are marginally higher, however like for like in terms of quality Whare Tupu are significantly a lot more affordable with completed project costs lower.

Whare Tupu weigh 1/10th of their equivalent in timber. Much smaller foundations are needed. Piles are ideal as they sit light on the whenua with minimal impact and excavation. 

Weight and stresses are carried and spread throughout the entire structure making it very seismically resistant and strong.

Whare Tupu have a party wall starting acoustic insulation of 60dB. No more hearing the neighbours tv, cars or cows.

l Whare Tupu have very small energy footprints (less than %30 of the embedded carbon of some structural timber) with a 90% reduction in heating and cooling energy usage, Whare Tupu would work well partnered with renewable energy sources. Solar would be an obvious choice. Net Zero homes and micro grids are a realistic option based off an energy efficient core. Whare Tupu require simple ventilation technology to maintain the internal environment. Whare Tupu testing has shown the dew point to be external of the structure.

Whare Tupu are frameless and make use of all possible space. Room in roof can easily be incorporated. No more inefficient single pitch roofs, multiple roof lines and unused roof space.

Whare Tupu material

Whare Tupu are made from a hybrid Structural Insulated Panel. They are very common type of system overseas and now are slowly introducing themselves into the New Zealand Market. The system I supply is called the Mantle Building System,an award winning, GB and NZ patented building system which exceeds the more stringent and demanding current and future UK building regulations.

http://mantlepanel.com/index.html

About me

 I will keep it short! I have always been interested and lived simply on the whenua, growing kai, fishing and finding inspiration from my environment, I am blessed to live and work as kaitiaki on Kawau island. I have family connections to a building supply company in England and I was given the opportunity to setup my own supply business here in NZ, where there are very obvious issues. After a few years of ups and mostly downs dealing with the established industry I decided to take my idea straight to where it counts, the people. Starting from nothing, I am stepping out of my comfort zone to try create alternatives and develop new ways so we all don’t have to wait 20 years for our homes to reach what is currently the standard in the rest of the OECD. To encourage you too to step out of your comfort zone and put into action what you have always dreamed of. Whare Tupu was born from the idea that it takes the actions of many to grow enough kai for all.

Please support me in a kaupapa that affects us all.


This is where you come in!

Whare Tupu needs your assistance for 3 main parts.

1. Funding for the establishment of my social enterprise and capacity to supply.

2. Fund a catalogue of consentable and open source small whare designs from the best suited architect and engineer organisation i can find. Based around simplicity and affordability with a small footprint, these plans will be available for free. The design will be traditional and simple but utilising low carbon  21st century technology.

I will also establish relationships with the suppliers of the best fittings, so there is information and details about things like efficient windows, solar, plumbing, water and ventilation options. All open and transparent so we can make informed choices.

3. Share, share, share. I have no budget for advertising and at the moment it is just me so this will be people power all the way.

 

 

Old Whare at Tauteihiihi, Kohukohu

 

How much is needed?

Whare Tupu needs $40,000

Any extra money pledged will go towards a community project which has yet to be chosen. 

Please follow my social media, for networking and upto date progress, whakaaro and questions.

More rewards are on the way, so please like, follow and pledge.

 

 

 

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Nicky Maaka Jnr
2019-08-14 20:47:48 +1200
Anonymous pledger
2019-08-08 18:17:30 +1200

"Great project, good luck!"

Anonymous pledger
2019-08-07 10:15:09 +1200

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Whare Tupu. Place Your Pou.

Project 2019-06-16 15:40:22 +1200

 

The issue

Housing crisis/opportunity? So many talking points, but I will focus on the positive. I don't have all the answers and no one will, but we can all help make change and add a piece to the puzzle.

Many organic grassroot movements have grown free from Government and corporate direction. The Tiny House movement, CoHousing, Papakainga and families building their own homes are examples of how we are creating our own change. There is a shift in the demand for alternatives, to simplify, reduce the cost of living and live how we used to live traditionally. Environmental awareness is becoming more important and especially technology that combines ecological values, affordability and simplicity.

 

My solution..

..Is to streamline the process for those looking to move back to their whenua and build a top quality efficient whare. With my social enterprise i will supply  super-insulated airtight thermal shells to form WHARE TUPU which utilise the principle of FABRIC FIRST. Whare Tupu form the walls and roof of your project, after which they can then be finished your own way, with your own whanau and connections. They are made from a modern panel system replacing the need for inefficient timber framing or concrete walls.


Fabric First

 A ‘fabric first’ approach to building design involves maximizing the performance of the components and materials that make up the building envelope itself (bones of the house), before considering the use of mechanical or electrical building service systems. In NZ we mainly do the opposite, the building fabric is usually of poorer quality and efficiency (leaky!), relying on costly secondary services and appliances. We address the symptoms with huge energy, health and social costs but ignore the CORE of the problem. A lot of new development property today is described by the talking heads as "warm, dry, affordable" without any explanation or information how exactly. This is done on purpose. We need to start asking more questions and show public demand that we need better.

 Superinsulated

Superinsulation is like a thermos flask, it keeps your drink the temperature you want it. Iced teas, hot coffee or warm milk.

Whare Tupu have a starting insulation rating of R10 in the roof and walls with no thermal bridging. 

NZ standards calls for R3.3 in the roof and R2.0 in the walls. This is why NZ homes need excessive heating and cooling. When you hear of a house that is described as warm and dry etc they are not telling you that appliances like heat pumps and wood burners are essential…..and then they need to be on all the time because the heat simply leaks away due to poor air tightness levels.

This house in England looks in appearance just like the other houses, but being superinsulated and airtight means there is no massive heat loss....the core of the house is built using the same material as the Whare Tupu core.

 Airtightness

Air tightness is vital in that it allows the internal environment to be fully controlled. Fresh filtered air? yes please! Damp, pollen, mold, draughts and smells? Er no thanks. Airtightness is measured by how much air leaks from the building envelope over an hour at a certain pressure.

Whare Tupu have an airtightness rating starting at about 1m3/[email protected] before enhancement.

Passive House (Premium Internationally recognised standard) airtightness rating is 0.6m3/[email protected] after enhancement. 

New Zealand does not have any airtightness targets in its building code. Most are as poor as 6-9m3/[email protected]

Whare Tupu micro climate

Whare Tupu grow…

The key concept of Whare Tupu is that they are unique to your plans and grow over time, just like your whenua you are developing also. They are future proof in that they can be added to easily modular style and will adapt to a changing climate at a macro and micro level. They are supplied and installed as the shell only. 

Whare Tupu

Whare Tupu features

Several features add to the affordability and simplicity of a Whare Tupu core. Current raw material costs compared with timber are marginally higher, however like for like in terms of quality Whare Tupu are significantly a lot more affordable with completed project costs lower.

Whare Tupu weigh 1/10th of their equivalent in timber. Much smaller foundations are needed. Piles are ideal as they sit light on the whenua with minimal impact and excavation. 

Weight and stresses are carried and spread throughout the entire structure making it very seismically resistant and strong.

Whare Tupu have a party wall starting acoustic insulation of 60dB. No more hearing the neighbours tv, cars or cows.

l Whare Tupu have very small energy footprints (less than %30 of the embedded carbon of some structural timber) with a 90% reduction in heating and cooling energy usage, Whare Tupu would work well partnered with renewable energy sources. Solar would be an obvious choice. Net Zero homes and micro grids are a realistic option based off an energy efficient core. Whare Tupu require simple ventilation technology to maintain the internal environment. Whare Tupu testing has shown the dew point to be external of the structure.

Whare Tupu are frameless and make use of all possible space. Room in roof can easily be incorporated. No more inefficient single pitch roofs, multiple roof lines and unused roof space.

Whare Tupu material

Whare Tupu are made from a hybrid Structural Insulated Panel. They are very common type of system overseas and now are slowly introducing themselves into the New Zealand Market. The system I supply is called the Mantle Building System,an award winning, GB and NZ patented building system which exceeds the more stringent and demanding current and future UK building regulations.

http://mantlepanel.com/index.html

About me

 I will keep it short! I have always been interested and lived simply on the whenua, growing kai, fishing and finding inspiration from my environment, I am blessed to live and work as kaitiaki on Kawau island. I have family connections to a building supply company in England and I was given the opportunity to setup my own supply business here in NZ, where there are very obvious issues. After a few years of ups and mostly downs dealing with the established industry I decided to take my idea straight to where it counts, the people. Starting from nothing, I am stepping out of my comfort zone to try create alternatives and develop new ways so we all don’t have to wait 20 years for our homes to reach what is currently the standard in the rest of the OECD. To encourage you too to step out of your comfort zone and put into action what you have always dreamed of. Whare Tupu was born from the idea that it takes the actions of many to grow enough kai for all.

Please support me in a kaupapa that affects us all.


This is where you come in!

Whare Tupu needs your assistance for 3 main parts.

1. Funding for the establishment of my social enterprise and capacity to supply.

2. Fund a catalogue of consentable and open source small whare designs from the best suited architect and engineer organisation i can find. Based around simplicity and affordability with a small footprint, these plans will be available for free. The design will be traditional and simple but utilising low carbon  21st century technology.

I will also establish relationships with the suppliers of the best fittings, so there is information and details about things like efficient windows, solar, plumbing, water and ventilation options. All open and transparent so we can make informed choices.

3. Share, share, share. I have no budget for advertising and at the moment it is just me so this will be people power all the way.

 

 

Old Whare at Tauteihiihi, Kohukohu

 

How much is needed?

Whare Tupu needs $40,000

Any extra money pledged will go towards a community project which has yet to be chosen. 

Please follow my social media, for networking and upto date progress, whakaaro and questions.

More rewards are on the way, so please like, follow and pledge.

 

 

 

Comments

Hey! Thanks for checking out this project.

We haven't made any updates yet, follow us if you want to be notified when we do.

Nicky Maaka Jnr
2019-08-14 20:47:48 +1200
Anonymous pledger
2019-08-08 18:17:30 +1200

"Great project, good luck!"

Anonymous pledger
2019-08-07 10:15:09 +1200

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