Te Awamutu couple's energy efficient Ehaus

Chris and Sue Kay have invested more than $1 million to build an energy-efficient eHaus in Te Awamutu because they want a comfortable home within walking distance of everything they might need for their retirement years.

Hamilton-based eHaus licencee Ross Brown says the project was the seventh of his company's projects in the Waikato and the first in Te Awamutu of its eHaus 'Pacific' range. While eHauses cost about 15 per cent more to build than a standard home, they are designed around the climatic conditions of the area and are 90 per cent energy-efficient. This means that the additional cost will be recouped in eight to 10 years.

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