Building Energy Efficient Homes in Queenstown

Building Energy Efficient Homes in Queenstown

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Building for the climate

The climate in the Central Otago region can be quite harsh, with very hot summers and just as cold winters.

As a result, a lot of people building in Queenstown Lakes have been looking at affordable ways to make their home more energy efficient.

Stroud Homes has been able to achieve this by working closely with local suppliers and businesses.

We speak to your local Stroud Homes builder in Queenstown, Bob Frame, about building energy efficient homes in the region.

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Why is it important to build homes that are energy efficient?

I believe it is important to build energy efficient homes as in the Queenstown Lakes area power bills are going up.

If we start building homes above the standard NZS 3604 code it will make it easier on the wallet when it comes to paying the bills, and it makes for a healthier home for you and your family.

How much does the aspect and the location of the home impact the efficiency?

To maximise the efficiency of a home, we have to start with the placement and the design of the home on the land you are building on.

As mentioned, we have a lot to think about in the Queenstown Lakes/Central Otago region when it comes to our climate.

With our summers being rather harsh and hot and the winter just as harsh but in the other direction, the positioning of the home is very important.

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What products do you use to achieve a more energy efficient home?

It all starts from the foundation where we can achieve a thermal break between the ground and the concrete.

The most common foundation is the fully insulated slab from Maxraft.

We have also been working closely with the guys at Infinite Energy on solar power packages. They are truly offering a superior product which is working out great – a number of clients are now choosing this option.

E13 Performance Windows have been suppling us with a great thermally broken window suite which stops condensation.

There are many more options to look at as the list goes on. Get in contact with us to find out more about your options.

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What is Stroud Homes doing to be more sustainable and environmentally sound?

The team and I are always doing our best to recycle and have minimal leftovers on site.

Stroud Homes has also created a sustainability initiative in both New Zealand and Australia.

For every house we build we plant 15 trees in a local reforestation project or in a community area that is in need of some native plants/trees.

This means, when you build with Stroud Homes New Zealand you could also be contributing to important reforestation projects planned for your area.

If you have any questions about building an energy efficient home, don’t hesitate to call on 0800 469787683 or enquire through the form below:

Bob Frame
Bob Frame

Talk to us about building your energy efficient home