Apartment living is inherently a more environmentally sustainable way of living. As Auckland shifts to a more dense living lifestyle, our reliance of extending the boundaries of the city into greenfield sites reduces, building materials required per residence becomes significantly less, public transport becomes more viable and we are able to enjoy the benefits of reduced energy for heating by decreasing the ratio of external wall/roof surface to floor area.
Kauri Residences has been thoughtfully designed with the environment, energy efficiency and wellbeing of residents front of mind.
LOCATION & ORIENTATION
Kauri Residences has been designed and oriented to take advantage of solar gain throughout the day to minimise heating requirements of residents.
Apartments are either east, north or west facing, with corner apartments enjoying sun from multiple outlooks.1 of 7
SHADING & GLAZING
Living room glazing is set back below deck overhangs to allow shade on the glass and reduce overheating in summer when the sun is high in the sky, but allow winter sun deep into spaces when the sun is low.
Full height glass is used throughout to provide residents with a connection with the outdoor environment, the fantastic views and allow natural light deep into internal spaces, reducing the reliance on artificial lighting.3 of 7
All apartments will be well insulated to exceed minimum requirements of the building code from both a thermal and acoustic point of view.4 of 7
Hard wearing low maintenance materials are used throughout including brick, concrete and steel. Concrete external & internal tenancy walls have a high thermal mass which aids in regulating the interior temperature throughout the year. Materials with a high thermal mass absorb heat when warm, and release it at night when the internal temperature cools.5 of 7
Vertical gardens are used between the east & west wings to absorb CO2, provide shade to the external breezeways and enhance the general wellbeing of residents. Level 1 apartments facing east & west offer the option of external landscaped courtyards, and perimeter planting to the penthouse level decks are proposed as a connection to the natural environment within an apartment setting.6 of 7