New Zealand is seen as the clean, green country that actually cares about the environment. Beyond that there's something about the Kiwi dream that calls to a lot of New Zealanders. For some it's having a simple cabin or bach near a favourite swim spot, for others it's a home more in tune with nature one that almost blends into the surroundings and escapes notice.
In New Zealand 85% of energy in 2016 was generated from renewable sources, which is great news for the environment and great news for New Zealanders as a whole *. The MBIE report on New Zealand's energy use, which can be viewed here, also highlighted an interesting trend in usage. In 2016 residential electricity demand decreased by 2.6% over the year as a result of warmer than normal temperatures in autumn and winter.
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The stunning scenery, adventure activity lifestyle and easy access are making Quenstown, Wanaka and the rest of Central Otago a hotspot for development right now. The growing desire to seek a certain lifestyle has led to a number of world-class developments springing up in the region.
What began as a one-off undergraduate design project in 2009 now takes a step closer towards becoming a reality for dozens of Kiwi families looking to make a change. The partnership between First Light Studio and Genius Homes signals the evolution of the prefabricated home industry, and a step change that New Zealand is all too ready for.