Sustainable design for new barracks
August 06 2018
The first new barracks to be built since World War II has opened at RNZAF Base Auckland.
The new Vincent Block barracks incorporates many new sustainable design features including solar panels and a rainwater collection system.
Part of New Zealand Defence Force's update of camps and bases under the Defence Estate Regeneration Programme, the barracks was officially opened in July by the Deputy Chief of Air Force, Air Commodore Mark Brunton and the Head of DE&I, Deb Godinet.
The new block has 36 bedrooms intended for use by junior rates and transit personnel. There are four wheelchair accessible bedrooms, two toilets for people with disabilities and a communal kitchen and lounge. It is the first accommodation block to use access cards instead of keys.
The power generated from 34 solar panels on the roof will be available for use during the day. The rainwater collected will be used for a greywater system in the toilets. The carpark has permeable spaces that soak up and disperse water more slowly into the stormwater system.
The old Vincent block barracks, named after the RNZAF’s Vickers Vincent, was demolished to make way for the new barracks.