Outside the box thinking earns architect-designed housing system top sustainability award

Outside the box thinking earns architect-designed housing system top sustainability award

An architect-designed modular housing system, once described as “kind of like playing with Lego,” has taken out the ‘Emerging – Small to Medium Business Award’ category in the Northern Sustainable Business Network Awards last night. Box Living won the category for its whole ethos of designing out problems relating to construction waste and water collection, with judges impressed by the company’s vision and focus on providing a better outcome for more people and good use of local sustainable products. Judges also noted the modular system challenged conventions in the building industry.   

“Architect involvement and good design thinking has resulted in a better quality outcome – Box Living has identified a market gap and a way to meet it,” they said.

Using a componentised building system allows the houses to be adapted to any site or client brief while offering certainty of price and the benefit of high-class architecture at less cost. The company reckons its approach reduces costs of design by up to 80 percent, shortens construction time, reduces waste, and increases value for money. The build process is efficient and precise, using tried and tested details.  Materials are low in embodied energy, locally manufactured, and proven for New Zealand conditions.

“Sustainability makes sense because simply put, an investment in lowering running costs, increasing levels of quality, and providing products that do the same, just makes sense,” said Dan Heyworth, general manager of Box Living.

The SBN Awards recognise businesses that demonstrate leadership by embracing innovation, sustainability and regenerative practices in their day-to-day operation. The Northern section of the awards mark the first of a number of regional awards, with the winners in each competing in the national round of awards later in the year. 

Check out the remaining Northern award winners here.

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