Come and view the Eco Villa as part of the

Superhome Movement Tour!

2019

Free, self guided tours of innovative & sustainable homes 

SATURDAY JULY 27 & SUNDAY JULY 29 11AM - 4PM 

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 Check out our virtual tour below.

Click on the room or space you want to view and then click and hold to navigate around!

About the Superhome Movement

The goal of the Superhome Movement is to mitigate the effects of housing on the environment by normalising healthier resource efficient homes which utilise renewable and passive energy, collect and reuse rainwater and minimise waste. The Movement provides open source sharing of new design ideas, technologies and building techniques, by connecting leading experts in the industry with each other and the wider community. 

On July 27th and 28th you can take free self-guided tours of Christchurch’s most healthy, energy efficient homes in the city and hear the owners, designers and builders talk about their projects. The Superhome Tours are now in their fourth year. Initially run as an annual event, there are now three tours planned for 2019. Following the tours, attendees are invited to workshops where they can delve further into the topics and learnings introduced on the tours. For the first time this year we are introducing 3D Virtual Tours that will eventually contain educational information to learn about the important innovations in Superhomes. 

One of the founders of the movement, Bob Burnett, has first-hand experience of the impact of poor housing on health. After the Christchurch earthquakes, his family was forced to relocate from their healthy energy-efficient home into substandard rentals. The health of his children deteriorated rapidly. Doctors attributed this to poor housing. He felt compelled to take action and in August 2015 he launched the Superhome Movement to coincide with the creation of New Zealand’s first 10 Homestar-rated homes. 

Superhome Movement is intent on creating educational events, and our code of conduct requires all attendees to act in a manner that is respectful of people in a public environment.

About the Eco Villa

251 Hereford Street, Christchurch Central 

Renovation SECTION SIZE 700 sqm TOTAL FLOOR AREA 334.5 sqm 

The 1910 villa at 251 Hereford Street has been lovingly transformed into an eco-hotel with the vision to create a more sustainable future by showcasing eco-principles. Waste reduction was paramount with much of the internal fit out and landscaping utilising building waste from the existing building. 

The building was fitted with wall insulation and soundproofing. A large percentage of the windows have been upgraded with custom built double glazing. Energy efficient heating systems were installed for central heating and hot water, using commercial heat pump technology. A grey water reuse system for flushing toilets has been plumbed in with plans for this to be connected in the near future.