Summer is here

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Only one of the great designs, this one by Sara Förg.

It’s been a busy few months since we kicked off this project – winter has been and gone, and it’s almost Christmas!
The Design students from Otago Polytechnic, guided by the great Tobias Danielmeier, Chris Fersterer and Colleen Fay, have been busy designing their preliminary versions of a ClimateSafeHouse. They went on a field trip to see the site for the first ClimateSafeHouse and then set out to make sense of the design brief: The house should be

  • transportable
  • healthy
  • modular
  • able to be used on and off-grid
  • affordable
  • sustainable
  • energy efficient.

They came up with some interesting and individual designs which were shown to the public at the Otago Polytechnic’s DEBRIEF Design Exhibition in November (you can see some photos of this event in the gallery). The next step is to choose the design that will enter the next stage in the new semester.

As part of the research we are doing for the ClimateSafeHouse Project, we are also very busy conducting a survey in flood hazard zones as identified in the Dunedin City Council’s proposed Second Generation District Plan, as well as Home Performance Assessments and interviews. Our thanks go to the Otago Community Trust for funding this part of the project!

We are very much looking forward to working on this with our great team in the next year. Meanwhile, we hope the warm weather is here to stay for a while – enjoy your summer!