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South Head home wins top award

Last updated 05:00 30/11/2012
Award winning South head home

SCENIC SIGHTS: All round views from the rooms of the award-winning sustainable home.

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A Kumeu building company has racked up more accolades for its skills on a sustainable South Head home.

Allan Wallace Builders won two top awards in the Registered Master Builders PlaceMakers 2012 House of the Year contest.

The nearly $1 million South Head home won the BRANZ Sustainable Homes $500,000 to $1 million category and the Future-Proof Building Energy Efficiency Award.

"It was a real challenge to build and took our team of six seven months," Allan Wallace says.

He's thrilled with the awards, now added to a string of them compiled over the years.

The home on 175 hectares with views to Muriwai beach and across the Kaipara Harbour has no windows.

"It's all glass doors - 24 of them - making up 93 per cent of the walls," Mr Wallace says.

The home is self sufficient in power and water, not connected to the power grid at all.

Judges describe the home as "a fabulous symmetrically planned house, it incorporates a multitude of heat capturing, energy saving and power providing components including photo voltaics, solar and a wood fired boiler".

Thicker than normal interior concrete floors, extensive insulation, low E glazing (heat trapping) and wood burning fires throughout provide a thermal mass requiring zero input from local facilities while recycled clad timber walls separate living spaces and bedrooms.

"This is a simple, beautifully built, uncomplicated, yet ultra efficient home that suits the owners requirements to a ‘t'."

The supreme awards were won by a cliff-top Remuera home and an exceptional Tauranga renovation.

Visit masterbuilder. org.nz for information.

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