Eco-home project also a fundraiser

UCOL carpentry students will aim to create a cost-effective eco-house as part of their next project - while also raising some money for charity.

The 6 Star House project was launched at the institute yesterday, with UCOL staff and students on hand to show off the features of the three-bedroom home.

UCOL lecturer Matt Cassells said "we are building better, right here in Palmerston North - and showing people they can do the same, without spending a fortune".

Mr Cassells said the house would be built by about 20 Certificate in Carpentry students with a completion date of March.

It was good to have a large project for the students to work on, he said, and they were looking forward to getting stuck in.

The house will be built on a vacant lot on Tremaine Ave and, once completed, will be auctioned off with the proceeds going to United Way.

A global not-for-profit organisation, United Way has worked in Manawatu for nine years helping some 80 community organisations.

Among those at the project's launch was Palmerston North Mayor Jono Naylor who said the project fitted in with the vision the council had for the city.

“The strategy includes promoting affordable, healthy housing that will reduce energy consumption, improve people's health and support the local economy. It's great to see Palmerston North and UCOL leading the way with this project."

During its construction UCOL will hold open days and trades professionals will be able to visit the site to learn about the building's features.

The Manawatu Standard