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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.
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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"Hope it goes well Chtis"
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"A great initiative, best of luck with your campaign."
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"Incredible commitment & perseverance. Hope you reach your target!"
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"Good luck Scotty"
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"A little more to reach that target... Good luck Kia kaha"
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"Thank you for your efforts to build a climate safe house, it's a wonderful initiative, may it multiply to many."
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"Great work on a very important project! All the best"
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"An inspiring, bold initiative supporting community who need others to take the initiative and co-organise on their behalf. I was totally impressed with Scott's presentation at the recent EDA Conference."
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"Here's a lovely boost from one of our supporters passed directly via BRCT. Thank you everyone for pitching in to make this real!"
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"This is a great initiative that is showing how we need to think about and design housing differently for a climate-impacted future."
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"Looking forward to see the build this weekend. "
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"Good luck - this is a great project. I wish you all success, Vicki"