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Prime Minister Chris Luxon champions sustainable development with visit to Tasman Estate, Whanganui

In  by Sarah CarsonApr 29, 2024

Prime Minister Chris Luxon, alongside Whanganui MP Carl Bates and Whanganui Mayor Andrew Tripe, visited Tasman Estate in Whanganui on Friday. Hosted by eHaus and Sustainabuilt Developments, the visit showcased their pioneering efforts in energy-efficient home construction and sustainable development.

Initiated by Whanganui MP Carl Bates, the visit aimed to shed light on the innovative work being done by eHaus. During the tour, eHaus highlighted its track record of exceeding minimum building code requirements, emphasising its commitment to reducing carbon (To date all eHaus builds have saved a combined total 1,807,829kg of carbon) and setting new standards in energy-efficient home construction.

Discussions with the Prime Minister revolved around key challenges and opportunities in the building industry, including proposed amendments to the Building Act, the need to amend the Resource Management Act (RMA) to streamline consenting processes, national alignment of building authorities, standardisation of building products, and facilitating access to internationally certified products.

Prime Minister Luxon had the chance to explore a recently completed eHaus and observe three others under construction at Tasman Estate, gaining firsthand insight into the benefits of high-performing building practices. Conversations emphasised the importance of prioritising the construction of healthy, comfortable homes that surpass minimum building code standards, and to ensure our old buildings are retrofitted so they are healthy and aren’t wasting energy.

Housing affordability was also discussed, with an emphasis on the need for a comprehensive approach. Affordability should not simply refer to the initial purchase price but must also consider long-term running costs, health benefits (thereby reducing pressure on the national health system), lower maintenance, low carbon emissions, and reduced energy consumption.

Situated just a short drive from Whanganui town centre, Tasman Estate combines the convenience of urban living with the tranquillity of the countryside. The subdivision boasts 42 sections of various sizes, offering residents picturesque views of the Tasman Sea. All homes within Tasman Estate are architecturally designed, energy-efficient and guaranteed to save carbon, reflecting a commitment to sustainable living.

For more information about Tasman Estate, visit Tasman Estate — Sustainabuilt Developments

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