Case Studies and News
The High Street Cohousing Project, from Urban Cohousing Otepoti Ltd, plans to create an inter-generational cohousing neighbourhood in Dunedin. It is designed to provide a sustainable and social alternative to the traditional NZ subdivision.
40% of homes within the community will be designed to a 4-Star Lifemark™ rating. Why? because the company see the importance of creating homes which are suitable for all stages of life.
11 Arvida apartments are rated at Lifemark® 5-Star. That mean they can accommodate a wider range of occupants. The Arvida Glenbrae Resthome and Hospital Village is set in award winning gardens, close to Rotorua City Centre and surrounding communities.
The 5-Star apartments feature level-entry showers, wall-mounted ovens, light switches and plugs at easily reachable heights. Of course, all apartments are wheelchair, walker and mobility scooter accessible.
For years, elderly people and disables have lost their right to normality. They have been constrained to use objects and environments which are visibly “different” from others. Therefore, accessible bathrooms are essential.
This could well be New Zealand’s most sustainable house. The first house in the country to receive both a 5-Star Lifemark™ rating and a 10 Star Homestar rating, from Belvedere Group’s Ecostar Homes range.
A Waikanae Home
It is hard to find a home that works adequately for accessibility. After struggling with minor alterations of existing homes, these clients wanted their own Waikanae Home. First, they realized that the only way to address their particular accessibility needs was to create a purpose-built home from scratch. Even this proved difficult because no fewer than three companies presenting sketch schemes that didn’t stack up to the clients’ requirements.