Derby Street Townhouses

Location: Christchurch

Located on the vibrant fringe of the city, this innovative two-home development blends sustainable living with modern convenience. The project comprises two distinct units: a fully passive 3-bedroom unit and a high performance 4-bedroom unit featuring a rooftop garden.

The 3-bedroom unit is a testament to cutting-edge passive design principles. It boasts an airtight building envelope, superior insulation, and high-performance windows, which collectively minimise energy loss and optimise thermal comfort. A heat recovery ventilation system ensures a constant supply of fresh air while maintaining indoor temperatures, reducing the need for mechanical heating and cooling. The design also leverages passive solar gains, strategically placing windows to maximise sunlight during the winter while incorporating shading elements to mitigate overheating in the summer. This unit epitomises sustainable living, offering residents reduced energy bills and a minimal carbon footprint without compromising on comfort or aesthetic appeal.

Next door, the 4-bedroom unit, while not fully passive, still includes the same energy-efficient features as the passive home. The crowning jewel of this unit is its rooftop garden. This green space provides a serene retreat for the residents.

Both units are designed with sustainability at their core, incorporating renewable energy sources such as solar panels. This two-home development stands as a model for eco-friendly urban living, demonstrating that sustainability and modernity can seamlessly coexist on the city’s edge. It offers a glimpse into the future of residential architecture, where comfort, style, and environmental responsibility are harmoniously integrated.

Status: Compliance

  • Craig South

    Registered Architect/Director