Ngati Whatua o Kaipara housing project
Beacon’s Home Assessment and Prioritised Plan Builder has assisted Ngati Whatua o Kaipara in the first stage of an ambitious project to improve housing for its whānau.
Two ex-Defence Force houses were moved from Hobsonville to a new site on Kaipara College land in Helensville to be a real life demonstration to local whānau of how a home can be retrofitted to be warmer, healthier and cost less to run.
The Plan Builder tool was used to assess the houses and develop a plan, not only for addressing deferred maintenance issues but to retrofit the houses to higher standards of performance. Alongside roof, wiring and structural maintenance and redecoration, the houses have had ceiling, walls and under-floor fully insulated in a quality installation by InsulPro. This should make these older homes considerably warmer - in fact, there is no heater although the option is open for a wood burner to be installed in the future. Energy efficiency has been improved by removing downlights and replacing them with more efficient lighting.
The first house was blessed and opened in June 2014, and is open to whanau and the local community as an example of what sort of house they can achieve and what the cost is.