26 Aroha Avenue in Auckland is a Build to Rent project with sustainability and community at its heart. The apartments are planned to replace a single 1920s dwelling in Auckland’s fast-growing suburb of Sandringham with 12 quality rental apartments with high sustainability aspirations, shared spaces and amenities and guaranteed long-term rent.
The apartments are maximised for comfort and sustainability, meeting European regulations for insulation, fitted out with solar panels for solar hot water and solar power. Materials used in the building have been chosen to be sustainable and non-toxic for the environment and the people who live in it.
The owners are driven by a desire to offer quality, secure rentals to help alleviate Auckland’s housing crisis. The original 1920s bungalow on the site has been slowly and carefully demolished in order to have as many materials reused as possible. There is a 90% re-use target.
The development encourages low waste living including the waste space on the ground floor, driveway access for collection, waste systems in the apartments, and on-site organic recycling.
26 Aroha is close to public transport, schools and amenities. Instead of car parking spaces, the development will have scooter and bike parking, as well as access to a shared electric car. The building will have a shared roof space with laundry facilities, a shared guest room, a rentable residents’ workspace and the capacity for a roof-top vegetable garden.
The owners hope that 26 Aroha will inspire others to see the future of housing in New Zealand differently, and that the project will provide a useful resource and knowledge hub to encourage sustainable living and education about living in quality, community-focused housing developments.