The Greenhaven house at the corner of Waikawa Beach Road

Have you noticed the new Greenhaven house at the corner of Waikawa Beach Road and SH1? There’s a write-up about it at Scoop News: Sustainable prefabricated homes to be built in Levin plant:

Greenhaven Homes was established in mid-2016, and to date, they have built 50 homes mostly in the Wellington region and all within a three-hour radius of Levin.

There’s at least one in Waikawa Beach village and the owners love it.

With a Lifemark Four Star rating, the homes are designed to allow all day sun, so there are no cold, damp back rooms. They’re breathable homes, and humidity is half that of a standard home. A controlled central heating system ensures the home remains warm when the heat dissipates from the concrete (passive solar strip), and at a fraction of the price of heating a traditional home.

“By 2020 we’ll build 100 homes a year, and 80 of them will be built in a prefabrication plant in Levin.”

This year is set to be a big one for Greenhaven Homes. The week before Easter it opened a new show home at the corner of State Highway One, and Waikawa Beach Road, and more than 200 people went through it in the first couple of days. Since then, Greenhaven Homes has completed the purchase of 2.5 hectares on Main South Road in Levin to build its prefabrication plant.

As we know, Horowhenua is growing and, it seems, becoming a construction hub:

On average, Horowhenua will need 244 new homes every year for the next 20 years. Kāpiti through to Wellington is also growing, as is Palmerston North.

“Greenhaven Homes is positioning itself to be part of the solution,” says Mr Grainger. “Horowhenua is doing the same — we are becoming the construction hub for the lower and central North Island for both commercial and residential builds.”

I guess soon we can add houses to the variety of large and unusual vehicles we see as we travel in to Levin, along with Army trucks, logging trucks, farm vehicles, road-building machinery, boats, and more.

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