Rotorua NOW Home® at a glance

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The statistics

  • The Rotorua NOW Home® is a 3 bedroom, 2 bathroom, single storey dwelling, with attached garage
  • It has a floor area of 141.2 m2 (including garage) and including a concrete deck of 24.8m2


Photo: Craig Robertson Photography

Simple principles of good building

The Rotorua NOW Home® used simple proven design and technologies to address the whole house – from energy efficiency to water to the indoor environment, and even to waste.  The design also had to meet Housing New Zealand Corporation criteria for their housing stock and, where there was conflicting advice, Housing New Zealand as owners had the final decision. 

Its features include:

  • A design which faces the north with lots of windows on the northern side
  • Wide eaves to let the winter sun in but keep the summer sun out
  • A concrete floor which absorbs heat from the sun and releases it when the air is cold
  • High levels of ceiling, wall and floor insulation, much higher than in the Building Code
  • Double glazed windows to keep the heat in and the noise out
  • A low emission pellet burner for efficient space heating
  • Solar water heating
  • Water efficient taps, toilet and appliances
  • A rainwater tank to collect and reuse rain
  • Ventilation of moisture in the kitchen and bathrooms
  • Passive ventilation to keep down moisture and avoid overheating
  • Good natural light in all rooms combined with efficient light fittings and bulbs


Rotorua NOW Home

Rotorua NOW Home®