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Home Management

MAN-1 Unwanted Features

 

AIM

To encourage and recognise better dwelling performance through removal or avoidance of unwanted features that can impact on occupant health, operating costs and resource use.


CREDIT CRITERIA

Up to two points may be lost where the dwelling contains a number of unwanted features: a. a. Unflued Gas Heater
b. Open Fire
c. Leaky Doors/Windows
d. Carpet in Wet Areas
e. Internal Moisture/ Condensation
f. Mould

g. Unvented Clothes Dryer
h. Leaky Water Fixtures
i. Damp Underfloor

how the Living House does

As the Living House is a new dwelling we are not really planning on designing in any of the above features :) 

MAN-2 Security

 

AIM

To encourage and recognise both the design of the dwelling and site to provide a safe and secure dwelling and neighbourhood.


CREDIT CRITERIA

Up to two points are available where the dwelling achieves a number of key safety and security features (see below). Each feature is worth 0.25 points.

a. Main Entrance: well-defined and well labelled main entrance indicating the house number/name that will be clearly visible from the road entrance.
b. Street Surveillance : At least one window/glass door will be seen from the road and that it will not be obstructed by solid, visually impermeable fences or planted hedges to street frontage above 1.2m in height that extend beyond 4m in length.
c. Security Lighting : Presence of outdoor security lighting to be fitted with motion sensors and dusk/dawn sensor with manual override OR efficiency of 1.5W/m2.
d. Crime Prevention: All doors and other entry/exit points from the house will be fitted with secure locks. All opening windows should be fitted with effective catches and any required for passive ventilation should be fitted with security stays.
e. Hot water safety: The hot water temperature should be no greater than 55 degrees Celsius. 
f. Fire Safety 1: A fire extinguisher visibly mounted in an easily accessible location in kitchen.
g. Fire Safety 2:  Smoke alarms within 3m of all sleeping areas as per NZS 4514 and BRANZ bulletins No 252 and 309
h. Hazardous Storage: At least one secure storage location in the kitchen or laundry for hazardous substances and medicines which is at least 1.2m above ground or fitted with child resistant locks.

Design Rating Documentation

how the Living House does

The Living House will implement each of the above items in the house. They are all very straightforward

MAN-3 Home User Guide

 

AIM

To encourage and recognise the provision of guidance through a Home User Guide, which enables occupants to understand and operate their dwelling efficiently, as well as make the best use of local facilities.


CREDIT CRITERIA

For the provision of a Home User Guide (HUG) which conveys detailed information on the features of the dwelling to the occupants. This document must include all of the following as a minimum:
• House design strategy, AND
• Energy, AND
• Water, AND
• Household waste, AND
• Maintenance, AND
• Landscaping and ecology information, AND
• Where available/applicable:
o House plans and construction details, AND
o Appliance manuals, AND
o Warranties and Guarantees, AND
o Local transport and community information

how the Living House does

Due to the slightly more complicated nature of the systems that we are planning on installing in the Living House we will be writing a detailed Home User Guide to inform all occupants of the Living House as well as any future owners, just how the Living House operates. Once we have finished writing this we will upload it here for people to use as a reference for their own future projects

MAN-4 Responsible Contracting

 

AIM

To encourage and recognise best environmental practice during construction and renovation.


CREDIT CRITERIA

Where a contractor(s) on site holds any of the following accreditations or registrations (0.5 points, up to a total of 1 point):
• Enviro-Mark NZ Gold Standard or above (0.5 points)
• Resene Eco Decorator (0.5 points)
• EcoSmart Electrician (0.5 points)
• IAONZ accreditation (0.5 points)
• Homestar Practitioner (0.5 points

Where an Environmental Management Plan (EMP) is in place for the construction or renovation works in accordance with the Homestar template and/or Section 4 of the NSW Environmental Management System guidelines 1998 or 2007 OR
The contractor holds ISO 14001 certification that covers the construction of the dwelling.

Design Rating Documentation

how the Living House does

The Living House will be writing an EMP to cover the construction of the dwelling. We are writing this now and once it is complete we will post it here for people to use as a reference on their own project.

 

Rochelle Ade is also a Homestar Assessor who will be heavily  involved in the construction of the dwelling. However since Rochelle is also assessing the dwelling we will not be able to claim points for her involvement on site.