Otago Polytechnic

The Climate Safe House, which took shape at the Home and Living Show at Forsyth Barr Stadium, Dunedin, at the weekend, has been trucked to a site in Waitati.

The brainchild of the Blueskin Resilient Communities Trust, and a result of a partnership with Otago Polytechnic, the 60m2, one-bedroom eco-friendly, solar-powered house has been largely built with Structural Insulated Panels (SIPs) provided by Formance.

The Climate Safe House will provide a warm, efficient, elevated and transportable home for a Blueskin community member whose home has been rendered unliveable by repeated flooding.

The mainly female contingent involved in the project highlights Otago Polytechnic’s push to get more women into trades and construction programmes.

“Dunedin is entering a building boom and requires a large and diverse pool of tradespeople to draw from,” Otago Polytechnic CEO Phil Ker says.

Forget about construction being an industry that requires only strength and brawn. The construction sector needs a range of other skills, too – many transferable from other industries.

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Published on 5 Nov 2019

Orderdate: 5 Nov 2019
Expiry: 13 Nov 2019