Upgrading pensioner housing for an ageing population: a case study in New Zealand

Byrd, Hugh (2010) Upgrading pensioner housing for an ageing population: a case study in New Zealand. In: New Zealand Sustainable Building Conference SB10, 26-28 May 2010, Wellington, New Zealand.

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New Zealand state pensioner housing needs to be upgraded if it is to continue to meet the requirements of a population with a greater life expectancy in an era when fossil fuels are depleting. Napier City Council commissioned a study to review the sustainability of these house types in the long-term. The study covered the areas of energy, accessibility and maintenance in their existing housing stock and focussed on the provision of affordable warmth, future fuels, accessibility both within the home and to the wider community, and also a maintenance regime so that the properties remain robust into the next century.

The City Council has over 300 pensioner homes in nine villages spread across the city. Most were designed and built between the late1950s and the 1980s. The original quality of construction was reasonably high and the houses have been well maintained. But they were built for a time when fuel was cheaper and expectations of comfort were more modest than today. Accessibility demands have also increased with the life expectancy of the population and desire for independence.

The study involved:
• Thermal modelling to analyse cost effective improvements to the insulation of the houses.
• Selection of appropriate heating systems for economical and low carbon solutions to both space and water heating
• Methods of transport to give access to the wider community and the introduction of renewable energy systems
• Remodelling the properties for accessibility

The study also advised on a planned maintenance system to ensure the buildings remain robust and a cost analysis of all recommendations. These latter aspects are not reported on in detail in this paper.

Keywords:state housing, New Zealand, upgrading
Subjects:K Architecture, Building and Planning > K450 Housing
Divisions:College of Arts > School of Architecture & Design > School of Architecture & Design (Architecture)
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