New homes pre-wired for solar

One of New Zealand’s leading home builders has opted to pre-wire every new home for solar power, solar batteries and electric car chargers.

Aidan Jury, chief operating officer of Jennian Homes, says the first system will be installed in a new show home in Auckland later this month, and will be rolled out for all new homes built by the company.

“Jennian has a clear vision that all new homes in New Zealand should be built with energy efficiency and the future of our planet firmly in mind,” he says. “We believe we need to be socially responsible and economically responsible, so we are looking at making a home energy efficient on a continuing basis, over its complete lifecyle.”

Jennian Home says all its new homes will be pre-wired to accommodate electric car chargers, as well as solar roof panels and batteries.

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Jennian Home says all its new homes will be pre-wired to accommodate electric car chargers, as well as solar roof panels and batteries.

Jury says it’s not just about introducing better building materials. “We also need to consider the cost per square metre of running a house, not just the cost per square metre of building the house. Building energy-efficient homes, locking in a low price for green power and reducing reliance on grid power is a powerful combination that is set to change the face of the residential building market in New Zealand.”