Sustainable building

Better for your family as well as for our planet

What is sustainable building?

By the 1980’s environmental problems were becoming global in scale and in 1987 the Brutland report used the term ‘Sustainable development’. The aim of the Brundtland Commission was to help direct the nations of the world towards the goal of sustainable development.

In simple words, sustainability means meeting our own needs without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs. In addition to natural resources, we also need social and economic resources, so health is part of sustainability.

The basic objectives of sustainability are to reduce consumption of non-renewable resources, minimise waste, and create healthy, productive environments.

Sustainable design seeks to reduce negative impacts on the environment, and the health and comfort of building occupants, so improving building performance is key.

What is the current situation in New Zealand?

Thirty-five plus years on, we find the building industry in New Zealand at large, has apparently ignored the need for sustainable development.

Construction and demolition waste makes up half of New Zealand’s total waste going to landfill

The average new home in NZ leaks air at a rate of 6.5 ach, meaning energy requirements for heating and cooling are much greater than they should be

Where designers and builders attempt to improve on airtightness, in some cases internal moisture becomes an issue creating an unhealthy environment for occupants and a decreased lifespan of the building

Toxic chemicals are incorporated in the manufacture of commonly used building products and imbedded into new homes creating environments that are not healthy

Plastic wraps are becoming more commonly used in construction and nylon carpets and vinyl floorings have been popular consumer choices for some time

Insulation requirements allowed by our building code are low by world standards – and most building companies build to minimum code requirements

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We don't accept that this is good enough

Inside this wheelbarrow is all the waste from the frames we built on site (pic above). We’re actively working to minimise our waste.

Our Foreverbreathe homes are built to 2.6 – 3 ach, not too tight, just right. This effectively halves the amount of energy required for heating and cooling in comparison to a new home built to code.

This improved airtightness is achieved without the use of plastic wraps and internal moisture is managed to the right degree – creating a healthy environment and a long-lasting structure.

The components of the Foreverbreathe wall system are very low toxin. When in use, the wall system will work to filter toxins rather than to add to them. The system has been advocated by the Asthma Society under it’s Sensitive Choice label – well worth exploring if someone in the family suffers from a respiratory system disorder.

A key part of the Foreverbreathe wall system is wool insulation. Wool works naturally to make your home more comfortable in both winter and summer – just like it does when you wear it. The R value of your wall system can be increased by upgrading from 90mm thick walls to 140mm thick walls, should you choose.

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