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A Lifemark® Rated Homestay in Geraldine.

A new high-quality homestay in the popular Canterbury town of Geraldine, has been designed to meet Lifemark® 4-Star certification by resident owners Anne Griffiths and Rhys Taylor.

Their Geraldine Downs home, on a six-hectare rural section with mountain views to the West, has been built in two phases – first a one bedroomed unit for themselves in 2008 and in 2021 a new ‘wing’ with guest room and ensuite, deck and covered courtyard, plus study and kitchen.

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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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A need to Design Homes for the 1 in 4.

Tania and her daughter’s story is one of many in Aotearoa due to the lack of Accessible housing. 👩👧

“We’ve got to think about how we build houses, to meet the needs of 1 in 4 New Zealanders.” Says Geoff in this interview.

With only 5% of our new homes built to be accessible, what do you think we can do as an industry to improve this?

Share your thoughts here…

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A Developer in Takanini, with a ‘Clear Vision’ for UD!

1 Berwyn Ave is a unique housing development under construction in Takanini, Auckland. The project will have 14 ‘state of the art’ freehold dwellings.

Four homes on the ground level of this construction are on target to achieve Lifemark® 5-Star ratings after receiving provisional ratings prior to construction.

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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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Henry’s Home at Te Hononga Tangata

Henry (left) a tenant at the Salvation Army’s Te Hononga Tangata with Lifemark® Social Media Specialist (George Hewitt)

In 2019 the Salvation Army New Zealand opened a new social housing apartment complex in Royal Oak, Auckland.

The 52-unit apartment complex consists of one and two-bedroom apartments. It is called “Te Hononga Tangata” (which means the relationship of people) and was opened on the 8th of November 2019.

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In Hamilton, home is now definitely where the heart is❤️

The inner city of Hamilton where builders and developers will now be incentivised to achieve a Lifemark® rating on residential developments.

Hamilton City Council is the first Council in Aotearoa/New Zealand to actively support including a Lifemark® rating on future inner-city developments. This means builders are now incentivised to create homes that are accessible and intentionally built to meet a person’s changing needs over their lifetime.

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New Microtec tiles become Lifemark® Approved

Our product partners Tile Depot recently renewed their partnership with Lifemark® for another year but this isn’t their only news!
They have just added a uniquely new tile range to their Lifemark® approved range.

Mike Syddall General Manager of the tile depot was happy to fill in our readers more.

“It’s a new tile range with Microtec, an amazing technology glaze that is applied during the firing process of porcelains.

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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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