Health & Happiness
The materials used in our buildings directly affects the experience people will have at The Headwaters Eco Lodge Glenorchy.
The existing staff house on the Camp Glenorchy site has been turned into a ‘Test Lab’. A team worked throughout the winter of 2015 to test the systems that will be used to provide heating and hot water in our Camp Glenorchy guest cabins. They are now testing how people interact with the systems, to find the right balance between automation and manual control so our guest cabins are easy to enjoy while using the least energy possible.
Buildings at The Headwaters Eco Lodge will harness the power of the sun and wind to provide healthy, comfortable spaces with minimal energy use for those working or staying with us.
The size, placement and layout of windows has been designed to capture energy and light from the sun, reducing the need for heating and lighting. Opening windows by varying degrees will allow fresh air to circulate through the buildings and shading features will keep them cool on hot summer days. Acoustic insulation will reduce noise transfer both between rooms and between indoor and outdoor spaces.
High Performing Building Envelope
The building envelope separates the inside of a building from the outside environment. It is the physical layer containing the building's framing, insulation, interior lining and exterior cladding.
Our buildings will have a high level of air tightness and insulation to help keep them warm and dry in winter and cool in summer.
Thermal insulation will be 60% higher than the New Zealand Building Code requirement. The building’s airtightness will follow the stringent Passive House standards.
We believe that incorporating different points of view throughout the design process creates opportunities for even better outcomes.
Project team members from many different disciplines have been actively collaborating in the design of The Headwaters Eco Lodge to create buildings where the architecture, systems and the environment work together to improve comfort and achieve high levels of energy and water efficiency.