LowCO, Waiata Shores

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LowCO, Waiata Shores

Our plans for the future

 

We believe a low-carbon future is within reach for all Kiwi homes. To show what’s possible we’ve designed and built LowCO, our low energy, low carbon and low water use pilot homes project at Waiata Shores, Tāmaki Makaurau / Auckland.

We’ve achieved our goal of using seven times less carbon, and half the electricity and water of a standard built home. LowCO has been awarded ‘10 Homestar’ by the New Zealand Green Building Council.

The people who will ultimately live here will be healthier, warmer and drier and have less bills to pay. A series of video’s document our construction journey on this ambitious project.

Follow us on our LowCO journey. These are our plans for the future.

Our LowCO journey

Introducing you to LowCO

Our low energy, low carbon and low water use pilot homes project at Waiata Shores, Tāmaki Makaurau / Auckland.

Meet the team behind LowCo

Tim Ross, Architype, and our very own Daniel Forwood take us through the design elements for LowCO.

Watch LowCO being manufactured at Clever Core and assembled on-site

In this video, you’ll hear from Bruce Chave GM at Clever Core, and Simon Mander from Metro Glass.

Reducing Water Consumption

One of our ambitious targets for LowCO is to try to reduce water consumption per person by over 50%. We’ve partnered with Watercare to help us achieve this target.

External insulation on LowCO

In order to give LowCO protection against heat in summer, cold in winter, noise and moisture we have increased the home’s draft proofing, ventilation and insulation.

Inside LowCO

We're excited to take you inside LowCO to share another big moment in our construction journey—the first of two blower door tests.

Internal fitout - Part 1

Come on a virtual house tour and see the low carbon, durable, healthy and highly energy and water efficient products we’ve put inside LowCO. View part 1 which tours the living, kitchen, dining and garage.

Internal fitout - Part 2

Come on a virtual house tour and see the low carbon, durable, healthy and highly energy and water efficient products we’ve put inside LowCO. View part 2 which tours the laundry and bathroom of the home.

LowCO’s Landscaping

Hear from Craig Pocock an expert in low carbon landscapes from Beca and learn about our approach to decarbonise and increase biodiversity values through landscaping design.

LowCO accomplishments

See LowCO in real time

Useful resources

Net Zero: the road to 2050 | Podcast

Net Zero: the road to 2050 | Podcast

How your home can save the planet

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Newsroom

Newsroom

Taking the ‘gas’ out of green house:

How to cut 270T of residential CO2 down to 39

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Newsroom

What the Romans can teach us about how we build our homes today

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SBN Case Study

SBN Case Study

To take action against climate change, the residential building sector must do things differently.

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Our first Low Carbon home

Our first Low Carbon home

Interested in LowCO – learn more about our pilot project by reading our blog

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Reducing Water Consumption starts with LowCO

Reducing Water Consumption starts with LowCO

Learn more about our ambitions target to reduce water consumption.

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