While most of our team have been enjoying their well-deserved Christmas break after a busy year, we have finally been able to continue working on our Passive House Project. As you may remember this Passive House will be fully off the grid and will become our new show home once completed.
You might be wondering why you should opt for small living when you could live somewhere big and spacious? Well, it’s not just a better economic move because living in a tiny house is far cheaper than traditional housing, but it also has positive benefits on your mental wellbeing and helps the environment!
By now we know that monetary things really don’t buy you happiness. Living in a house full of fancy things can be a very empty existence. It’s not what you have that counts, but how you live. Items may have no meaning or personal value even though they are may be expensive. Isn’t it better to own less, but cherish the moment? In today’s day and age, less really is more!
You have seen our eco-friendly tiny homes, however an eco-friendly home doesn’t always have to be TINY!
Depending on what you need, we can connect two or more bases together to match your design to create a bigger home. Our homes have a modular layout that can be combined in hundreds of different ways!
We’re all about sustainability here at Park Homes! Our houses are designed to have minimal environmental impact, so our planet can stay beautiful for future generations to come. Depending on your budget, lifestyle and preferences, we can tailor make sustainable features for your home. There are so many sustainable options that could be perfect for your house. Many are included as standard in our designs so aren’t at any extra cost.
There are so many decisions to make when building or buying your dream home. The location is one of the trickiest and most important things to consider. Your home may need to be somewhere close to work, but you may want somewhere quiet and peaceful or perhaps child-friendly. What you want now may be completely different to what you want a few years down the track. So how do you decide? Easy. You don’t have to!
Living sustainably only just starts with your house design! Once you’ve chosen a sustainably designed Park Home, it’s time to practice more ways of sustainable living. There is so much you can do to reduce your impact on the environment—and it’ll save you money too! Here are 15 of our favourite sustainable living tips:
New Zealand is home to many great natural wonders. Beautiful open plains, pristine mountain peaks, diverse and unique flora and fauna and some of the most beautiful lakes in the world are right at our doorstep -- just to name a few. But not all of New Zealand’s natural powers are so great. Earthquakes are a part of our life, and a part of our life we need to be prepared for!
How do we Create a Passive House?
Sustainability and affordability are two of the greatest things about passive houses. They feature HIGH levels of comfort, with LOW levels of energy use. Part 1 of our project explained what a passive house is, why you should want one and how they are achieved.
We want to talk a little more about our role in creating passive houses. There are lots of elements we need to consider for each house. We look at every part of the house, from the outside structure and insulation, to the inside heating and cooling. We plan, construct and organise your home to reduce the use and cost of energy, while still maintaining the vision for your home.
Sustainability is gaining recognition all over the world because it is becoming abundantly clear that living sustainable lives is something we must do to preserve our qualities of life and of all the lives on this planet.
Are Tiny Houses Sustainable?
The tiny house movement makes homeownership possible for people who couldn't otherwise afford it. It also gets major points for sustainability. Here's why tiny homes and small homes contribute to sustainable living:
Do you want to help the environment, be less reliant on power companies and save money long term?
A passive house is the perfect way to help achieve a higher level of energy independence while doing your part to cut down on CO2 emissions.
A passive house refers to how a building is structured and insulated, its orientation, as well as its ventilation. The aim of the passive house is to reduce reliance on heating and cooling technologies such as heaters and fans by optimising the way in which the house is built.
Take part in our research by heading along to http://tinypedia.co.nz.
This post is Part 3 of a Multi-Part series about creating a more sustainable future.
One Planet, One People, Please...
In this post we will discuss off-grid systems, the concept of "reduce, reuse and recycle" within the building industry, the impact of building a house on the land and wider natural environment both during the build and afterwards, and how to build houses with heart ♥️
This post is Part 1 of a Multi-Part series about creating a more sustainable future. Topics covered in the series are:
- Sustainable and eco-friendly building options
- Toxicity in your home and how to reduce it as you build
- Recycling and reducing waste, both in the building industry and in our personal lives
- Energy efficiency in your home
- Living off the grid and more in alignment with our natural environment
Your home is your castle, your fortress, your safe haven. So what happens when the walls start falling down around you? The ceiling caves in? It shifts off its foundations? What happens when your home is no longer keeping you and your family safe?
In this post we explore the concept of creating an earthquake-resistant house and the birth of the vision for a home that protects not only the environment, your health and your finances, but your life when threatened by crisis.
(Photo credit: RNZ/Alex Perrottet)