Standalone three or four bedroom family homes close to schools.
Sustainability at Home
We've made a study of sustainability and come up with a short list of the top seven easiest and most cost-effective ways to become more energy and water efficient. At Hobsonville Point it is mandatory for our builder partners to include the 'top seven' in their designs. Alone these measures wouldn't make a huge difference to your bills, but together they add up to savings of around 25% compared with the average Auckland house. And they don't require any more energy from you. You can just carry on as you are. The top seven are:
- Heat pump or solar hot water – saves more than half the energy used to heat water
- Insulation levels above the building code and double glazing – makes houses warm and less expensive to heat
- Make sure the house faces the sun
- Energy efficient lights
- A tank that catches rainwater from the roof to be used in toilets, laundry and garden
- Water efficient showers, toilets and taps
- Fold away washing lines so that you don't have to use the dryer as much
Sustainability in Your Neighbourhood
On the other side of the letterbox we've been working hard to make Hobsonville Point a healthy, happy and environmentally friendly place to live too. The development is designed to be pedestrian-friendly so that you (and your kids) can walk around the neighbourhood easily and safely. Residents also have transport choices thanks to the regular bus and ferry services, so reliance on cars is lessened. Many of our residents report they can manage with one car, where they needed two in their previous suburb.
Most thrilling to us though, is the news that Hobsonville Point is tracking extremely well in its quest to be a socially sustainable community. An almost unanimous 98.5% of residents agree Hobsonville Point is “a great place to live”. It's a place that fosters a sense of wellbeing and belonging and helps people feel connected to nature and to each other.
Here's some of the other steps we've taken to look after the environment:
- Extensive programme of weed control on the coast
- Planting over 10,000 native plants on the coast in 2013
- Protecting the unique bio-diversity of the area by sourcing seeds from the coast to plant on site
- All homes achieve a Homestar rating of 5 or more stars
- A treatment train cleanses and slows stormwater run-off
- All storm-water treated before discharge to harbour
- Green Gorilla waste management project recycles over 75% of construction waste