Energy efficient eco-home re-opens in Queenstown

Interest in sustainable living is, er, sustaining, as evidenced by the reopening of environmentally forward-thinking Jack’s Point showhome.

The popular Jack’s Point sometimes-showhome (actually a private residence that has been re-opened to the public while the owners are overseas) first opened its doors in June 2014, as an example of how sustainable living environments, using environmentally responsible building methods, can be created.

“We’re lucky the owners have allowed us to use it as a show home again for six months while they live overseas,” said Rilean Construction director Mick Moffatt.

“It’s perfect timing really as we’re in autumn and starting to feel the first pinches of winter with the occasional morning frost. Even in our harsh Central Otago climate, stepping into this warm, sunny home really encapsulates what an evolution home is all about. The heat retention level is amazing.”

The four-bed two-bath home was designed by architect Mark Gray and is overlooked by the Lord-of-the-Rings-approved Remarkables mountain range.

Modern buyers are increasingly interested in building sustainable homes not only for environmental, but financial reasons, says Moffatt.

“Since 2011 we’ve built 17 homes and we currently have 13 more at the design stage or in the process of being built,” he said.

“People have a genuine desire to learn more about their options for sustainable living, to be warmer and healthier, while at the same time know they have a great-value investment which will help save money in the long run.”

All evolution homes are monitored for energy efficiency post-construction and all are performing better than expected.

“One home’s using approximately $1,200 per year for electricity, including heating and hot water, which is incredibly good for this area,” he says.

Image: Rilean director Mick Moffat at the Jack's Point Evolution show home.