Published 23 September 2008
Building & Construction Minister Shane Jones and Housing Minister Maryan Street announced a starter home design competition yesterday, aimed at generating innovative designs & creative solutions that will promote good-quality affordable homes.
The ministers said the competition was intended to “encourage designers, architects, builders & students to use their creativity to come up with home plans that offer flexibility & function to match the aspirations of first-home buyers”.
The Department of Building & Housing will run the competition and Housing NZ Corp will build the winning design and showcase it to the public.
Mr Jones said: “The housing affordability problem is made worse by the growing trend to build larger houses instead of more modest, less expensive ones. I believe there is a real demand for smaller new homes and I want this competition to spur the housing sector into meeting that demand.
“The cost of building a house means that, for many people, particularly first-home buyers, building is not an option. This competition will help show that, with innovative designs of homes that are not unnecessarily large, building a home can also be an option.”
The competition will use the department’s proposed compliance document for simple housing as a design guide and feedback from the competition will be used to develop the document.
The department’s deputy chief executive for building quality, Dave Kelly, said
designs would be judged on innovation, cost, design & functionality. The habitable floor area should be no bigger than 120m² and the design should cost no more than $1400/m² to build.
Plans should also meet the requirements for structural strength & durability for most locations in New Zealand and meet the expectations of modern New Zealanders, particularly first-home buyers.
Mr McKenzie said the competition was divided into 2 categories: “The first is for the designs that demonstrate creative solutions that strictly comply with the proposed compliance document. The second is for the designs based on an innovative application of the proposed compliance document, with departures from the proposed compliance document identified.”
The department will pay an $8000 first prize in each category and $2000 to runners-up. The top student (in either category) will win $4000 and the runner-up $500.
Open entries close on Wednesday 19 November and student entries on Wednesday 26 November.
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Attribution: Ministerial release, story written by Bob Dey for the Bob Dey Property Report.