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Age Friendly Lifemark® 3-Star ‘Container Home.’

Deck and outdoor living area at this container home.

A container home in Taupo is the latest home to debunk the myth that to achieve a Lifemark® rating you need a larger footprint.

The modern home with lake views in the picturesque suburb of Acacia Bay is constructed from 2×20’ new shipping containers and has a footprint of approximately 30m2.

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An unexpected visitor: Michael Field reviews a Lifemark® show home

The field family took a nice day trip to a new Lifemark® rated show home recently.

On a rainy Saturday, our family of three dropped into the Green Homes Ackland Park show home. We currently live in our own Lifemark® 5-Star rated home and were interested to see what a Lifemark® 4-Star rated home offered!

Our 14-year-old son Evan has a genetic condition and uses a wheelchair for day-to-day living.

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Design with Devon Homes; A ‘Candy area’ for new retirees achieves Lifemark®

A Lifemark® rated villa at  Enliven’s Kandahar Village

Lansdowne, Masterton will be the new home of 52 2-bedroom retirement villas and a community centre, Enliven’s Kandahar Village architecturally designed for residents to enjoy the Wairarapa sunshine!

Stage 1 of this village was completed in December last year and it now boasts 12 new villas that have achieved Lifemark® 4-star certification.

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Universal Design in Golden Bay /Mohua Housing Project

Golden Bay, in the Tasman region of New Zealand’s South Island, has a dire shortage of affordable housing to rent or purchase. Just 7% of the current population are able to afford an average house.

Chris Bennett had worked for the World Bank in Tonga where they built just under 400 homes after a cyclone, so he decided to start the ‘Golden Bay/Mohua Affordable Housing Project’ (GBMAHP).

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Invisible design in a Lifemark® 4-Star Showhome

A three bedroom home with open plan living, a designer kitchen, quality appliances, a cathedral style ceiling, and a vaulted sky lit entranceway!

These features are very inviting to anyone wanting modern living. What a lot of people don’t realise is that this Green Homes showhome located 20 minutes south east of Christchurch in Rolleston also has some invisible design features which means it achieves a Lifemark® 4-Star for delivering to Lifemark®’s Universal Design standards.

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A smile and an Accessible property, what could be better? 😊

A Lifemark® certified home can be life changing, as it is designed to support the needs and independent living of an occupant. But even better it can put a smile on the face of the person that calls it home!

Eight public housing units in Mt Maunganui built for Accessible Properties recently achieved Lifemark® 4-Star Certifications for Universal Design levels that best support an aging occupant with changing needs.

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A home forever connected in the circle of Life!

Max and Tricia Hynds’ dream forever home sits in the stunning back drop of Whitianga Waterways, on the Coromandel Peninsula. The home recently achieved Lifemark® 4-Star certification for displaying Universal Design best practice, but there is so much more to this design than meets the eye!

This is more than just a home; this is an example of the journey of life literally going full circle.

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Miles Construction: On incorporating cost neutral Universal Design into new builds.


Miles Construction Limited are a New Zealand owned company with offices in Auckland, Wellington and Christchurch offering build, design, renovation/extension and project management services nationwide. From small to multi-million-dollar projects, be it commercial or residential.

Mark Farrell, General Manager, believes “New Zealand needs homes that meet Lifemark®’s Universal Design standards and enable all people to live comfortably.

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What will a Multi-level home with Universal Design look like?

Building a home isn’t always a quick and easy process. Sometimes it takes a few years to achieve something beautiful. We recently awarded a Lifemark® 4-Star provisional rating to a multi storey home in Whitianga, Coromandel.

A provisional rating is awarded in accordance with detailed drawings meeting Lifemark®’s initial Universal Design standards.

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