Environmental sustainability is one of the core principles at the essence of Element. Element features many sustainable initiatives that make it a New Zealand leader in this area.
The building is constructed of permanent, natural materials – concrete and clay bricks – which require minimal maintenance and have strong thermal mass which helps regulate the interior temperature all year round.
To make the most of its elevated position and large flat roofs, solar panels will be installed to help power the common areas and central water heating system.
The combined building coverage and impervious areas of both buildings were designed to be less than the existing single level home currently on the property to rise to the challenge of minimising Element’s built form and carbon footprint.
Element’s management of stormwater is a New Zealand first for an urban apartment development of this size - it epitomises water conservation and avoids putting more pressure on Council infrastructure.
In keeping with its environmental focus, Element will establish large areas of diverse native planting across the private gardens, the vertical planting, the Rooftop Terrace and Residents Lounge and ‘living’ roof of the lobby.
Element apartments feature LED lighting and its parking areas includes electric vehicle charging stations.
Reducing dependence on private cars is an important environmental measure. Not only is Element within walking distance of the Ellerslie Village, but there are bus stops just across the road, the new train station down the hill and bicycle storage for each apartment.