The Canopy team has just joined the Superhome Movement - a national organisation promoting sustainable, innovative and affordable buildings.
As the lone Landscape Architectural member in the movement Canopy look forward to helping demonstrate how sustainable design strategies can extend from a home out into the wider landscape. We will be promoting appropriate plant and sustainable material specifications, water smart design and designing to minimise ongoing maintenance requirements and costs.
Canopy Christchurch was recently invited to prepare landscape concept plans for the Homestar 10 houses in Addington Christchurch. Designed by Bob Burnett Architecture, these were the first homes awarded 10 stars in New Zealand and are now being used as exemplar show homes for the Superhome Movement.
Our proposed plan for the tight urban infill site was a predominantly native planting scheme incorporating species that have edible and/or medicinal values along with space for traditional fruit and vegetable plants. Strict Homestar impermeable coverage limits were met with use of permeable paving, gravel and decking areas that allowed rainwater infiltration while grey-water recycling and rainwater barrels maximised water use efficiency.