Te Kōpua is the name given by mana whenua to a deep pool at the confluence of the two streams near the project site. This reminds the project team that the spaces and experiences provided for residents are made richer by protecting the natural environment and acknowledging communities who were here before them.
Te Kōpua will follow the holistic sustainability principles of the Living Building Challenge, but what sets it apart is the aspiration to achieve Zero Carbon over a its entire lifecycle. Key strategies include replacing carbon-intensive concrete with structural cross-laminated timber, and generating as much energy as is used via onsite renewables.
Integrated with the project’s environmental aspirations are the social outcomes it seeks to provide. These include targeting affordable price points for buyers of residential units, long-term savings in energy and water costs, and shared spaces and resources that foster social interaction between residents and with the surrounding community.
As an exemplar project Te Kōpua recognises it has a responsibility to enable others to follow. The project will be documented in a public communication campaign spanning design, construction and operation that includes sharing of design resources to both inspire and empower future generations of buildings in New Zealand to achieve similar outcomes.
Te Kōpua team: Province Developments, Sills van Bohemen, Studio Nord, Tricia Love Consultants, SUST Communication, Revolve Energy, GWE Consulting, Design Tribe Architects and Resilio Studio.
Development details: 88 residential units; 6 commercial units; apartment, walkup and maisonette typologies.
Shared resources: Community Hub building; shared laundry; heat harvesting from local sewer; shared vehicles; communal vegetable gardens.