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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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Universal Design and Paeroa!

Paeroa township, Artzentao photography

Hauraki District Council is a small council in the Waikato region with just over 20,000 people living in a district that stretches from the shelly beaches of Kaiaua and Pukorokoro / Miranda along the Firth of Thames in Tikapa Moana (the Hauraki Gulf) to the white sandy beaches of the Pacific Ocean at Whiritoa.
The Hauraki District like many others in New Zealand has an ageing population. 21.

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One Central by Fletcher Living: Christchurch

One Central by Fletcher Living is a range of desirable, connected urban neighborhoods that are full of energy and spirit, and showcasing diverse urban regeneration. With plans for up to 900 homes, accommodating over 2000 people, One Central will cater to a variety of lifestyles and life-stages.

Half of the homes at One Central are targeted to achieve a Lifemark® 3-Star rating for incorporating baseline accessibility and Universal Design.

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