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Energy is a key component of any home and an essential part of our everyday lives.
At the same time, our energy use has wide-ranging impacts, putting pressure on both our energy bills and the environment. By making our energy use more sustainable we can reduce those impacts and even achieve energy independence by generating our own energy.
More and more people are making energy efficiency a key requirement of their homes, and there are many design methods, products and systems that can help. However, achieving sustainability outcomes requires a goal-driven process that considers integrated and connected approaches. The way your home will use energy needs to be considered holistically and energy objectives need to be carefully considered and set before implementing energy-efficiency or self-generation measures. Technology is important, but it needs to be seen as part of a comprehensive energy strategy that includes design and system-wide thinking.
The manual provides professional advice, step-by-step best practice processes and detailed design guidance.
The manual will enable us all to make informed choice and build homes, and create new streets and neighbourhoods
that not only look great but are built to last, sustainable and give best return on investment.
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The Auckland Design Manual provides supplementary guidance to the Unitary Plan on design matters,
which will be updated by the Council from time to time. The Manual is not part of the Unitary Plan
and the Unitary Plan doesn’t incorporate the Manual by reference in the terms of the provisions of
Part 3 of Schedule 1 to the Resource Management Act 1991. While the Manual sits outside the Unitary Plan,
advice notes are occasionally included in the text of the Unitary Plan
to alert the reader to the existence of relevant guidance in the Unitary Plan.