Year: 2013

CIP Building System: Monolith Systems

Interior Designer: Robyn Bryson

Builder/Designer: NZ Builders Ltd.


When Damon Gray, from NZ Builders ltd. decided to build his own home he decided to take a different approach to the  traditional Canadian build. Coming from a home country with harsher climate considerations, his view on building was already different from most.  The UV index is much higher in New Zealand and with 2000 hours of sunlight on average, and 500 mm of Coastal rain (torrential, horizontal rains), New Zealand has much more stringent building requirements.   With electricity costing 30 cents a kWh (about three times our costs here in Canada), Damon is also used to conserving energy. Damon also has two young children, a fact which figured significantly into his plans. Key points that had to be considered:

  • Low Maintenance Building method
  • Healthy Environment
  • Capital Costs analyst over Maintenance Costs.
  • Passive Solar design for natural light and Energy Savings.
  • The home had to be a piece of art.

The home was constructed using a concrete sandwich panel building method. The team at NZ Builders improvised by taking tilt up construction from the commercial industry and using it in the residential sector. Concrete sandwich panel homes offer a large range of benefits for homeowners and the environment. These homes are very low maintenance.  Rot, mould, and fire issues are removed, and building with the correct design and insulation envelope can reduce total heating and cooling loads from 25%-80%, depending on how seriously you design your home.


2014 Care Awards

Gold Awards

  • Green Builder of the Year – Small Volume
  • Best Home Design
  • Best Master Suite under 500 sq. ft.

Silver Awards

  • Project of the Year
  • Best Outdoor Living Space
  • Best Contemporary Kitchen (New or Renovated) under 230 sq. ft.


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