Council flats incorporate sustainability

Dunedin's latest complex of council flats comes with some of the latest mod cons for the sustainability minded, with double glazing, solar assisted hot water, and full insulation.

The five Macandrew Rd units include one for people who need a wheelchair to get around.

Mayor Peter Chin opened the complex yesterday.

He said it addressed sustainability issues and had features that would allow the elderly to stay in their homes longer.

The unit designed for the mobility impaired had design features including a covered parking space for a mobility scooter, wide, sliding doors, and kitchen benches built lower than usual.

Council maintenance and projects officer Tony Taylor said the design ideas had evolved from interaction with tenants.

"We're trying to think of all the little things" that would make access easier, he said.

Tenants were expected to move into the complex, which cost close to $1 million, after Easter.

- david.loughrey@odt.co.nz

 

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