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Tour most innovative and sustainable homes in ChCh during May

Thanks to the Superhome Movement you  have a great opportunity to look through 10 of Christchurch’s most sustainable and innovative homes each weekend in May. This is a self-guided tour, which starts this weekend. The houses are open 11 am – 4 pm on Saturdays and Sundays.

During the tour of the homes you can talk with the builders or designers about the technologies and features of each home. For more details about each home visit www.superhome.co.nz . For the tour map, see below.

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CCC Eco-Design Advisor service

Also, if you are thinking about designing or building a new home, CCC has an Eco-Design Advisor available for free consultations. To talk with an Eco Design Advisor, call (03) 941 8999 or email eco-advisor@ccc.govt.nz. For more details visit: www.ccc.govt.nz/ecodesign 

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EWB Energy Checks

The University of Canterbury Student Chapter of Engineers Without Borders (EWB) are making great progress with their innovative ‘Warm Homes’ programme, led by Vanessa Lowe. They have put together some simple equipment required for a “home energy check kit”, and developed a simple home energy check process. This process is a team effort, where six members of EWB work together to conduct a rapid assessment of the energy efficiency of student dwellings. The team then develop an action plan based on the findings of the assessment for both the landlord and the tenant.

The rapid assessment has been piloted in one home, and EWB is now ramping up to roll out more assessments within the EWB student community. Long term, Vanessa’s aspirations are to apply for sponsorship for low cost energy efficiency materials (e.g. draught stopping), and move beyond EWB members to deliver an education programme to a wider student population on how to look for a warm, energy efficient home. Vanessa also hopes that any information collected about student rental properties can be collated and made publicly available so that prospective tenants have good information about the energy efficiency of the property they are looking to rent.

Congratulations to Vanessa and EWB on this very exciting initiative – a first for UC students!