Latest Regional News story about Te Whare-iti

Latest Regional News story about Te Whare-iti

Regional News 21 July 2020, page 18, features the benefits of low-carbon off-site manufactured Te Whare-iti.

Be part of the climate-change solution with an affordable Te Whare-iti (small house) for your first home, suburban infill house, studio, cottage, or holiday bach. Ninety percent of the structure and finished surfaces in these modular houses are New Zealand-grown pinus radiata.

The solid pine cross-laminated timber (CLT) and clever simplification of the interior design by award-winning designers Aonui Architecture make these small off-site manufactured (OSM) buildings affordable and easily constructed.

“We transport the fully finished house to the buyer’s site, and crane it onto piles prepared in advance by our construction company, which also manages connecting the services and everything needed for building consent and Code Compliance,” director of Wright Industrial Richard Wright said. 

Te Whare-iti system comprises 10 modules that combine in over many different plans to suit different needs, budgets, and sites (Explore the options at www.tewhare-iti.co.nz). 

Standardised modules, and their lego-like method of connecting, allows a huge degree of customisation of the plan for buyers – including the option of relocating their Te Whare-iti to another site or selling it in a secondary market. This could be valuable for retreat from sea level rise where owners can protect their investment by the separation of land and building values. In a total embodied energy life cycle analysis re-use is a more sustainable outcome than recycling.

The absence of plasterboard and interior paint is a big part of the cost saving, which also contributes to the other attractive features – speed of assembly and delivery from order (planned to be 10 weeks maximum), low maintenance, and low carbon footprint compared with other quality homes built on site using traditional construction methods. Why contribute to materials through non- modular design and wasted time due to weather and site conditions?

Manufacturer Wright Industrial, who will commence assembly of the houses at its Porirua plant later this year, plans cradle-to grave stewardship for Te Whare-iti. It has planted 20,000 trees in Hawke’s Bay, meaning e buyers will in future have a complete certified record from forest to family home.