Dana Darwin and Liz Ross of Platform One Foundation are working with NZ architects Graeme North and Young and Richards to design and build an Earthship in Onetangi, Waiheke Island. A split-level three bedroom home is currently in the design stage and is planned to break ground early 2015. With the support of Envirospec it aims to be the first 10 Homestar rated residential building in NZ- the highest home performance and sustainability rating possible. Applying for a building consent will be the next step in the project.
The lower level is a standard global model with greenhouse on front but the top level is more open with a rear tyre wall but no greenhouse on the front. That’s because we want the living area to have large sliding doors opening straight out into a deck. This will reduce the thermal performance of the building in some ways however with Waiheke’s mild climate we’re willing to make that compromise. And if additional heating or cooling is required we also have some very innovative and first of it’s kind alternative technologies to draw upon from Dana’s energy company, Energy Alternatives.
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The Waiheke Earthship Project is also being supported by:
Campbell Live – screened a short piece on the Waiheke earthship project when Mike Reynolds visited in July. TV3 will film the entire earthship build and a time-lapse feature piece will be screened on Campbell Live once the project has been completed.
Transpacific Waste Management – providing recyclables for the project including aluminum cans, glass bottles, tyres, cardboard
Watch the Campbell Live video here