Otago Polytechnic

The construction of Otago Polytechnic's student accommodation continues on time as the structure really starts to take shape.

The focus continues on the erection of Cross Laminated Timber (CLT) panels and the construction of the light timber frame walls.

At times, two cranes are on site to ensure panels are erected as they arrive.

The construction of the CLT panels is scheduled over 11 stages.  This week sees the start of stage four.

The first fix for the service trades is underway, as the internal walls progress and the rooms take shape.

External drainage around the building is nearing completion.

Sustainability is a key factor with this build. 

Otago Polytechnic’s aim is to have a buildings that teach within the framework of the Living Building Challenge™.

Some of the sustainable elements in the student accommodation build are:

  • Heat recovery ventilation system - Fresh air will be delivered constantly to every room providing optimum conditions for concentration.
  • High level of insulation - Very little heating required in winter months.
  • Low-flow water fixtures - Helping to conserve water.
  • Energy efficient appliances - Helping to conserve electricity.
  • LED lighting - energy efficient (less electricity used), no toxic elements, a longer lifespan.
  • Good daylighting levels – Helping to reduce the need for artificial lighting (less electricity used)
  • Double glazing with thermally broken, Low E, Argon fill window joinery - Superior insulation.
  • Only Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) timber is used - Certified timber that promotes environmentally appropriate, socially beneficial and economically viable management of the world's forests.
  • Timber structure – helping to reduce the ecological carbon footprint of the building.
  • Facilities for waste recycling
  • Bike store – to encourage transportation for health and wellbeing.
  • Edible gardens – as part of the wider polytechnic Living landscape for food production for the use of the students.

Read more about Otago Polytechnic's student accommodation build in the Otago Daily Times.

Read more about sustainability at Otago Polytechnic.

Study Sustainability at Otago Polytechnic.

Expiry: 25 May 2017