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Sustainability turns modular

Two “friendly rivals” in the bespoke architecturally designed end of the sustainable home market have teamed up to create a range of sustainably orientated self-build modular homes. 

Called EKOKIT, the homes feature passive solar design principles and range from three or more bedrooms, down to a one-bedroom 36 sq m minor dwelling. 

Architecturally designed sustainable homes aren’t a realistic option for many Kiwi families who would like one says EKOKIT co-founder Jamie Harrington. 

“We have worked hard to bring a product to the market which is stylish and contemporary, but still within an affordable price range for most.” 

EKOKIT says the designs are based on passive solar principles, are thermally and water efficient and incorporate safe, healthy building materials to a level, which mostly exceed current New Zealand building standards. 

Feature wise, the homes feature insulation in walls and ceilings made from natural recycled wool; Weathertex cladding made from sustainably grown Australian hardwoods, with no glues, resins or formaldehydes used in the production process; Eco edge skirtings and architraves and EO board cabinetry, which emit less than 0.5mg/L of formaldehyde – much less than traditional MDF and similar to some natural timbers; and Coloursteel roofing, fascias and spoutings.

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