Ōtautahi Community Housing Trust (ŌCHT) officially opened their latest community housing complex today in Tīwaiwaka Lane (previously Cresselly Place) Christchurch.
The complex was opened by Housing Minister, Hon Dr Megan Woods and Christchurch Mayor Lianne Dalziel.
The low density complex, which consists of 28 homes, has been designed to fit well within the local community. More importantly, it meets the New Zealand Green Building Council (NZGBC) Homestar 6 standards, which means the development has been designed and built to be warm, and efficient with a reduced environmental impact. Homestar 6 designed houses provide healthier environments for people to live in.
“The opening of the complex at Tīwaiwaka Lane is another step in our commitment to building great homes and creating connected communities with housing that exceeds standards. These homes are warm, dry and efficient , car parking is provided for each home, and there is a central courtyard at the centre of the complex to promote a sense of community,” said Cate Kearney, CE, Ōtautahi Community Housing Trust.
The complex includes both one and two bedroom homes, with some one bedroom homes providing accessible living for elderly residents.
These new high quality homes were made possible through a Christchurch City Council loan to the Trust.
The Ministry of Housing and Urban Development HUD will provide a long-term contract and ongoing operating support for these 28 homes.
ŌCHT is leading the way nationally in the development of community housing that meets the NZGBC Homestar ratings. The Trust has completed two smaller complexes that are accredited Homestar 6 and is working on a 90 home development on Brougham St that will be Homestar 7.
“ŌCHT has made a commitment to ensuring our new homes are the best they can be. We want to provide our tenants with a home that provides maximum health and environmental benefits,” said Cate Kearney.
Christchurch Mayor Lianne Dalziel says, “I am extremely proud of the way the Ōtautahi Community Housing Trust has been able to develop high quality, energy-efficient housing in a way that is sustainable for the tenants and the community as a whole.”
Tīwaiwaka is one of the Māori names for Fantail and the bird is reflected in the central courtyard design.
3 July 2020