Te Wharehou o Tūhoe, the new Tūhoe headquarters in Taneatua, near Whakatane, has been designed to have no environmental impact, be integrated into its surrounding landscape and to give back to the world around it.
One of New Zealand’s most advanced sustainable buildings, Te Uru Taumatua (The Tuhoe Building) used specialised Kingfisher SG8™ products with our new CQ H3.2 treatment which is chrome and arsenic free.
This is an innovative new treatment system that is free of chrome andarsenic and offers superior durability to other dry treatment processes. Chosen for its structural properties, visual appearance and sustainability the Kingfisher SG8™ is proving to be a top performer in its field.
This extraordinary project for the Tuhoe iwi’s new $15 million headquarters near Whakatane, was built to comply with Living Building Institutes ‘Living Building’ stringent criteria. A restorative building, the headquarters will not only reduce its impact on its local surroundings, it will actually give back. Requiring a building that is triple net zero (water, waste and energy), and whose built elements adhere to strict toxicity parameters, the Living Building Challenge is formidable.
The custom produced Kingfisher SG8™ were installed as part of the solar panel structure that covers the entire roof generating enough power to sell the excess to the grid.
Tūhoe Chairman Tamati Kruger said the decision to build the iwi’s new headquarters to such tough environmental standards reflects the environmental values of the Tūhoe people. “Though the cost may be higher initially, over the years the building will more than pay for itself. We hope it’s something that all the people of the Whakatane district will be proud of and will use as their own.”
‘This building is a lighthouse in a world awash with climate change and social inequality, it shows the way to a different future, where we value people and a healthy environment which supports life and the economy, not one at the expense of the other” says Jerome Partington, Jasmax Architects.