20 Pistacia Place, Wigram, Christchurch

This house came about three years ago when we wanted to build a demonstration home that performed better than the market standard. And so began a year long research project that across all aspects of residential building market and practices to find that balance between high performance and affordability.


  • Fully insulated and water heated concrete slab
  • Hot water and slab heated by Heat Pump, powered by Solar
  • R5.0 Ceiling insulation, R4.0 Wall insulation, R4.5 Slab insulation
  • Thermally Broken Aluminium Windows with Low E, Argon filled double glazing
  • All rainwater captured and reused
  • Home ventilation heat exchange system, LED lighting, 5-6 star appliances and white ware
  • Construction waste reduction, increased waste diversion, 50% less waste to landfill
  • Architecturally designed to capture the suns heat in winter and shade from it in summer
  • 4 Star Lifemark Design
  • 8 Star Home Star Design

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Originally founded in 1970 by John Mitchell, ESJAY Builders is a second-generation company formed in 1999. This family business has been part of the Canterbury landscape for over 20 years. All of our homes are designed in-house by Steve Mitchell who studied here in Christchurch and has designed homes in Australia and the United Kingdom where the building codes far exceed ours.

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