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Simple House Acceptable Solution

Introduction and purpose

The supreme winner of the Simple House design competition, a design by Stephen Smith of S3 Architects Limited.
The supreme winner of the Simple House design competition, a design by Stephen Smith of S3 Architects Limited.

The Simple House Acceptable Solution is a resource to assist architects, designers, and builders in developing innovative and affordable houses that comply with the New Zealand Building Code.

The Simple House Acceptable Solution was launched in March 2010 by Building and Construction Minister Maurice Williamson.

The aim of the Simple House Acceptable Solution is to assist with making a new house an attainable goal for first home buyers. The solution is a guide that makes it easier, cheaper and faster to build a starter home.

The Simple House Acceptable Solution is for single storey framed construction using limited roof spans and a limited range of cladding materials, incorporating the following criteria for home design:

  • Structural strength and durability for the majority of locations in New Zealand
  • Finishes that reflected the requirements for durability and low maintenance
  • Flexibility to meet changing family needs over time through incorporation of lifetime features such as wide doorways and easy access
  • Energy efficiency, water efficiency, material efficiency, and waste minimisation, and
  • Low ongoing operational costs.

Download a PDF version (no charge) of the Simple House Acceptable Solution.

Find out how to purchase a hardcopyVic Books website. Simple House Acceptable Solution.

What does a Simple House look like?

To demonstrate what can be achieved using the Simple House Acceptable Solution, the Department of Building and Housing held a design competition based on the draft Acceptable Solution document to encourage architects, designers and builders to develop innovative and affordable simple house designs. Some 140 competition entries were received, and the winners were announced by the Minister for Building and Construction in March 2010.

The winning design, by Stephen Smith of S3 Architects, was built in Otara, Auckland by Housing New Zealand Corporation. It was opened by the Minister for Building and Construction and the Minister of Housing in October 2010 and has been sold.

See video coverage of the house being built and the finished houseYouTube website. .

Other simple house designs from the competition are currently being built in other parts of the country.

More information

Read the media releaseBeehive website.  about the launch of the Simple House Acceptable Solution by Building and Construction Minister Maurice Williamson.