Existing stock for the future: problems, opportunities and strategies for energy upgrade of 1940–1960 state housing in New Zealand

Manfredini, Manfredo and Leardini, Paola (2014) Existing stock for the future: problems, opportunities and strategies for energy upgrade of 1940–1960 state housing in New Zealand. The New Arch: international journal of contemporary architecture, 1 1: 36-42. doi:10.14621/tna.20140105


Author Manfredini, Manfredo
Leardini, Paola
Title Existing stock for the future: problems, opportunities and strategies for energy upgrade of 1940–1960 state housing in New Zealand
Journal name The New Arch: international journal of contemporary architecture
ISSN 2198-7688
Publication date 2014-08
Year available 2014
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.14621/tna.20140105
Open Access Status Not Open Access
Volume 1
Issue 1
Start page 36
End page 42
Total pages 7
Place of publication Erlangen, Germany
Publisher Get It Published Verlag e.K.
Language eng
Abstract A large part of current New Zealand housing stock was built before compulsory home insulation was introduced in 1978. In recent years, the low energy efficiency of these older houses has aggravated significantly existing issues of health inequality, fuel poverty and building decay. As they will constitute a significant portion of future housing stock, their retrofit provides a logical option to meet present and future environmental imperatives and to tackle the most urgent health issues of a country with the second highest incidence of asthma in the world. State housing, in particular, includes a relevant portion of problematic buildings, which are cold and damp, often with evidence of mould growth. A consistent and significant cohort of them was built between 1940 and 1960, under the government-funded social housing scheme introduced in 1937 by the Labour Party administration. These houses, built with the iteration of few similar types, good quality materials and sound construction prove to be suitable candidates for effective energy upgrade interventions. Drawing on results of long term research on State housing ecoretrofitting, carried out at the University of Auckland, this paper discusses meaning and value of conservation and energy upgrade of this large State housing cohort built until 1978, threshold to the new era of building energy performance policies in New Zealand.
Keyword Energy retrofit
New Zealand State house
House typology
Heritage conservation
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Provisional Code
Institutional Status Non-UQ

Document type: Journal Article
Sub-type: Article (original research)
Collection: School of Architecture Publications
 
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