House design seems to be the breeding ground of compromise. The builder's triangle is frequently quoted as an example of this.
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.