|14 February 2000|
Energy-Efficiency House Opens
A special house at 10 Leander Street, Papanui, has holes in walls, ceiling and in the floor.
It is the Christchurch City Councils energy-efficiency show home that was opened today by the Mayor, Garry Moore.
He said New Zealand had for a long time a 19th-century approach to energy efficiency but it was now the 21st century. He said everyone should be working towards a sustainable environment and energy efficiency was part of that.
More jobs could be created if the country was more energy efficient and society should work towards that goal, he said.
The chief executive officer of the Energy Efficiency Conservation Authority, Godfrey Bridger, praised the Council for its leadership in energy and environmental matters. He was pleased that the Council had converted a "normal" house for its show home and "it is vital that the country takes these types of initiatives."
He said the Government was keen on taking steps in the energy-saving area and the Minister of Energy, Pete Hodgson was a champion for energy efficiencies.
Mr Bridger said the house was the first of its type in the country.
The home will be open six days a week, being closed on Wednesdays.