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NZ's first Climate Safe House!
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Nz's First Climate Safe House!
Project 2019-09-25 12:23:18 +1200
What the Climate Safe House?
The CSH is an essential social experiment. It's a new, climate-safe home for a vulnerable household in Otago affected by severe flooding. Just as important, it will provide a climate justice policy template for local and regional councils and for Housing New Zealand. We aim to show Government how climate justice can be achieved in a sustainable way. We have worked out all the typical barriers including budget, sustainable design, resource consent issues, leasing and ownership issues….everything. The CSH is truly a model that can scale up as a blueprint to address both the housing crisis and the climate crisis.
Why is it urgent?
Greta Thunberg said it best: “Governments are not acting fast enough. We all need to do more. Every small action helps.” We expect that the CSH model may not be perfect, but it will be tested and can be refined as our Government grapples with the effects of our climate crisis.
How will your donation help?
The CSH will be built by women tradies at the Home & Living Show in the Forsyth Barr stadium on the 2nd and 3rd of November. On 4-Nov, the partially completed home will be transported by our sponsor Fulton Hogan from Dunedin to Waitati and installed on-site where final assembly and fit out will take place. We aim to have it ready for occupation before Christmas 2019. This project has received service and product donations in excess of $200,000 and needs $28,000 to get across the finish line. You’ve heard about climate justice. You may have even marched for it. Now you can do even more. Please donate what you can and make a vital social impact today.
Horray and thank you!
08/12/2019 at 5:37 PM
Wahoo! Target met with a little time to spare! Thank you everyone for believing in us and for being so generous at this busy, hectic time of year.
The weather chaos this weekend illustrates just how important climate solutions like climate safe housing are! A state of emergency has been declared in the Timaru district with flooding, washouts and highway closures. In Dunedin, communication networks went down, presenting difficulties at the Dunedin public hospital overnight. Here's an image from Newshub of the Rangitata flooding:
Building resilience is hard, but with your help we will be able to show a pathway through the chaos. Here's James Hardisty of Control Focus installing the inverter at the climate safe house, which will manage the solar power from 7 PV panels and ensure it is either stored in the battery pack or exported to the grid, and if the grid goes down, then keep the lights on at the CSH.
As you can imagine, we're pretty chuffed right now! We have a lot still to do, but we can do it with confidence that we will be able to get the house complete and occupied and we will be able to formally open in in 2020 with a real celebration. We don't mind exceeding the target either of course, as this is the bare minimum we need, and there are rewards still unclaimed. There's still a window of opportunity to get one of the wonderful rewards our supporters have offered, like a unique garment from Hilary Rowley Design or a folio of floor plans using the Formance Ready system from Gerry Thompson of Eclectic Home Design
07/12/2019 at 5:56 PM
We are almost there! Thanks to PledgeMe for an extension and thanks to those of you who have spread the message at this time of year and boosted Pledges! We are so close to our goal and the deadline is 7pm Sunday 8th December, with no further extension.
There are still a number of rewards left and we realise that a fundraiser at Christmas time is not high on everyone's list, but if you know people who are interested in an ethical Christmas and might like one of our rewards, please send them our way pronto.
Here's how the climate safe house is looking right now from Foyle Street, Waitati:
You can see the scaffolding from Braziers is still up. This is because we still have the outside of the house to paint. Meanwhile Justin from Decorating Services has been working flat tack on painting the interior.
We're taking a rest this Sunday, but come early Monday morning all the team is back into it. The bills are now staring to come in, and that's why we need to get over line with our PledgeMe campaign and make this real.
We were so pleased today as well to be able to show Gareth Hughes MP around. Gareth is a big supporter of housing solutions and practical climate action and it was a pleasure to show him the unique features of the climate safe house, including its solar PV installation and inverter and explain how it will connect to the Blueskin Energy Network, our local transactive grid. Here's Gareth, Gerry of Eclectic Home Design and Scott of BRCT.
Last days of the campaign, with Marama Davidson MP
03/12/2019 at 12:03 PM
Marama Davidson MP, co-leader of the Green Party, is a strong advocate for climate justice. She's sent us this video to help get the word out in the last two days of the campaign.
Meanwhile, work is continuing as we pull out all stops, thanks to a fantastic volunteer effort. There are lots of small issues to deal with but if we can reach our target on Thursday we can complete the job. Can you help spread the message? For climate justice, we need postive examples. We need to build solutions and provide a pathway through the combined housing and climate crises.
Last minute campaign extension & Christmas
25/11/2019 at 9:32 AM
Phew! We've raised over $15, 000 in pledges so far, but we're still short of our goal of $28, 000. PledgeMe have granted us a dramatic, last minute extension until the 5th of December to see if we can meet our goal. For those looking for a meaningful and impactful Christmas gift however, the December deadline may be the right timing. Look at the rewards on our PledgeMe campaign - unique rewards that also contribute to the completion of NZ's first climate safe house!
Yes, we've added Honey Wraps to the reward list, but also special edition etchings by renowned artist Jenna Packer
This one (above) is from an edition of 10 and is called "Love Shack (off road adventure)".
Again, from an an edition of 10, this one is titled "New House for the Action Men".
And to add colour and pizzaz, here's a garment from the range of designer Hilary Rowley based here in Waitati!
In other news, the climate safe house was presented in poster format at the 13th Annual Otago Energy Research Centre Symposium 2019 held in conjuction with the Otago Climate Change Network and received plenty of interest.
Please share this update with any friends or colleagues who care and who might want to add some substance and value to their Christmas. Our goal is to provide the climate safe house as a Christmas present to the vulnerable resident who has been living in a very poor and unhealthy situation for far too long. We're doing all we can to make it real over the next few weeks.
Thank you Gareth!
21/11/2019 at 7:58 AM
We so appreciate the support of Gareth Hughes MP for the climate safe house project. At times it seems like we are simply treading water as the glaciers melt and the seas rise. The climate safe house project is a pathway project to break the impasse on adaptation. We intend through this project to demonstrate a path through the combined housing and climtate crises. Firstly it involves innovative property relations to reduce the risk of climate ghettos and ensure climate justice. Secondly, it is about simple effective design for an autononomous, transportable, modular eco-home. Finally, it has required a big community effort with over 40 sponsors and to date 50 community pledges. We only have 4 days left of achieve our target and the last few days mean we need to get the message out. Thank you all for your pledges and support. Please can you share the message further over the next few days to help us reach the goal?
Thank you Becky and the Naylor Love team!
17/11/2019 at 2:28 PM
What a week we had last week! It was all hands on deck and an exceptional effort from all. Without Becky Thompson's construction management and all the skilled work from the Naylor Love team we would still be in the starting blocks. So much happened last week, like getting the gable ends sorted. Here's Sam doing some detailed work around the access to the roof space from the West Gable end.
It was just as busy inside as well, and Cisse, our Belgian intern was even roped in, here, in this instance helping fit the bedroom door.
James, Nick and co from Control Focus also turned up amongst it all last week to install the solar panels and wiring for the grid-tied solar system with battery storage. It was a very full house!
The detail on the gable end was also nicely finished off by Sam. The painting provided by Decorating Services begins next week. Here's Sam demonstrating how the hatch closes.
After such an intense week, we all sat down for some well deserved refreshments on Friday and to consider just how much has been achieved in just a few weeks, from the 29th of October when the temporary piles were placed down on the ODT stage at the Forsyth Barr Stadium and the sub-floor constructed by the Otago Polytechnic team with Naylor Love. Thirsty work!
We are going to miss our good friends from Naylor Love who have given so much, and truly gone above and beyond. Thankfully Becky will keep an eye on things, while Gerry Thompson will be in charge of the Blueskin volunteer team who will complete the construction. This coming week Control Focus and Aotea Electrical will be working on the electrics and Decorating Services on the gib-stopping and painting. Meanwhile our PledgeMe campaign ends in just over a week, and there are still a few rewards left, so please share. Together we can make a difference and establish a blueprint for climate justice.
The climate safe house has landed!
08/11/2019 at 7:20 PM
Aother week down and 17 days to go to reach our target, so we're getting a little nervous! But meanwhile there's been little let up in progress. On Monday the climate-safe house was transported from the Forsyth Barr Stadium out to Waitati by Fulton Hogan and expertly hoisted into postion by WAE Crane Hire. Take a look.
This is at the stadium after loading on the truck. Next is the house on the move.
Once at Killarney Street, it took some time to prepare the lift, but then it was all go!
And once over the powerlines, it was time to get it into position for the piles...
Once settled on the substantial piles provided by Hall Brothers and installed weeks earlier by the Naylor Love team, it was time to get to work. Safety first however, and Braziers supplied and installed the scaffolding.
Soon enough Placemakers delivered the trusses and so began the construction of the roof. Here's Anna Winskill-Moore from Osborn Brothers Building and Construction working on the roof.
After the previous week and working right through the weekend at the Home & Living Show, all smokos were deeply appreciated! Annie Blakie even found it relaxing to knit during the breaks finally completing a cosy scarf!
While the roof and cladding was being worked on externally, inside the lining out began. Earmuffs all round!
We've had grey days, rain and also plenty of sun.
The internal linings are going well too
Meanwhile Annie Blakie and Sam the chippy have been hard at work on wrapping the eaves and beginning cladding.
And today was the day Annie Blakie was able to demonstrate one of the occupational risks of being a tradeswomen - black nails thanks to an ill-judged hammer strike
Its been another huge week, and hard to believe that all that there were only piles in the ground on the morning of Tuesday the 29th of October, and all has risen since then. We are pumping, thanks to construction manager Becky Thompson from our key partner Naylor Love.
But our sponsors, no matter how generous, can't cover everything, and we need you to spread the word, and help us get NZ's first climate safe house all the way to completion so that its tenant can finally move in to a safe and secure dwelling. Please help us share this campaign for climate justice and a blueprint for an adaptatable, autonomous transportable house with extremely high thermal performance.
The Home & Living Show
04/11/2019 at 5:11 PM
What a week its been! Construction started on the climate safe house at the Forsyth Barr stadium on Tuesday the 29th of October. Otago Polytechnic staff and current and past students including TJ Daly from Cook Brothers and Annie Blakie from Placemakers placed temporary piles and build the sub-floor (bearers and joists) and wrapped it.
The following day, DS Builders delivered and installed the Formance SIPs panels. TJ Daly from Cook Brothers, Anna Winskill-Moore from Osborn Building and Constructon were in the thick of it.
By the end of day two (Wednesday), floor, walls, internal framing and ceiling were all complete. The thermal envelope with the exception of the windows and doors was done.
After all that it was time for a cuppa. Here's apprentice builder TJ Daly, construction manager Becky Thompson from Naylor Love and apprectice builder Anna Winskill-Moore taking a well deserved break!
On day three, fitting out of the electrics and plumbing began, while the house was wrapped and battoned for external cladding and in preparation for the windows and doors. Here's Tania and Hayden from Aotea Electrical double checking the plans.
Apprentice plumber Esmay Parata meanwhile did a very professional job of the plumbing.
On day four, the day before the show, windows and doors were installed by UPVC Windows and Doors and cladding begun, starting with the corrugated iron on the South Wall supplied and installed by Dunedin Roofing Systems and followed up with the East Gable end, installed by apprentices Anna Winskill-Moore, and Mark (from Naylor Love).
Construction continued during the Home & Living Show, through the heat, with a smaller crew. We had a heap of interest and lots of visitors during the open hours of 12.30pm - 2pm. That provided a welcome moment to down tools!
By the end of Sunday everyone was exhausted. We packed up and got the house ready for pick up on Monday morning, packing it full of materials.
Today (Monday) was another huge day, and thankfully everything went like clockwork. That's for the next update...
Working on a climate justice template
28/10/2019 at 1:26 PM
Over the past few months we have worked with more than 40 generous sponsors to secure almost all the materials and services needed to build a warm, efficient, elevated and transportable home for a community member whose home has been rendered uninsurable and uninhabitable through repeated flooding. We are very close to our resourcing goal and in the final stages of delivery.
Resource and building consents have been issued. The Waitati property has been leased and a deed of residence for the climate safe house has been agreed. The site has been cleared, piles built and septic tank installed and drainage readied for the house. Meanwhile, in another part of the city, DS Builders have received the structural insulated panels that will make up the thermal envelope of the climate safe house and are preparing them for assembly at the Home & Living Show. Our crowdfunding campaign will help ensure the climate safe house can serve as a climate and social justice policy template. Here in this photo, the teams from Naylor Love and All Septic and Drainage Ltd are working together to get services ready for the climate safe house delivery.
Preparation of the site for the climate safe house
18/10/2019 at 5:04 PM
While we're flat out working on getting everything ready for the Home & Living Show at Forsyth Barr Stadium on the 2nd and 3rd of November we're also trying to capture some of the preparation that is happening. Here, our Beligian intern Cisse has been documenting stages of the work at the Waitati site. What he hasn't documented are some of the challenges we faced, particularly with the removal of the old septic tank. We're saving that story for the Eco-Design Advisors Conference next week: "Housing Fit for the Future" ...
Needless to say the crew from Naylor Love, Hall Brothers, All Septic and Drainage and AG Foleys have been just amazing in making it all happen despite the atrocious weather, despite what was uncovered whent the old lid was lifted... We are committed. We now only need to raise a little bit more to ensure we can complete NZ's first climate safe house to a level that is safe for occupancy. This project is all about climate justice and getting in and doing stuff, boots and all.
New rewards for the climate safe house
17/10/2019 at 3:08 PM
Jenna Packer is a nationally renowned painter and print artist, represented by Milford Galleries in Dunedin and Queenstown, and is one of a number of artists who have contributed to the Water Project exhibition, curated and toured by the Ashburton Art Gallery. This exhibition is currently at two locations: the Canterbury Museum and Aratoi: Wairarapa Museum of Art and History. Jenna lives in Waitati and has donated several paintings from her "Homes of National Significance" series as rewards to help fund the completion of the climate safe house project. She is also working on an etching as a special reward for this project. This photo was taken on Thursday the 17th of October as Jenna works on etching a plate in preparation for printing. She will produce a limited edition series which we will put up as a new reward when the printing is complete and approved. Jenna is married to Scott Willis, is the mother of two boys and is a generous and regular contributor to BRCT's work on climate solutlons.
Construction in the wet
14/10/2019 at 5:32 PM
It was wet wet wet last week when the team from Naylor Love working with Hall Brothers prepared the pile holes. The DCC inspection happened in the rain. The piles, donated by Hall Brothers, have been recycled from another much larger building project at the Otago Polytechnic.
Prepping the site
14/10/2019 at 9:04 AM
Once the site was cleared, it was time to set out where the piles would be. We've been so impressed by the Naylor Love crew: here are Lindsay, Mark and Sam ensuring the dimensions are just right. Naylor Love have more than 100 years of construction expertise and we are so lucky to have Becky Thompson assisted by James Lawrence providing construction management for this project (and a whole lot more besides!)
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