Better For You, Better For Our Planet

LOWER CO2 EMISSIONS, SUSTAINABLE BUILDING

Introducing Foreverbreathe homes

Foreverbreathe™ homes are designed to improve energy efficiency and lower emissions through the use of materials with a lower carbon footprint and improved airtightness.

Our Foreverbreathe homes also have excellent indoor air quality due to their vapour permeable wall system.
Sustainable materials including wool insulation are used in the construction of Foreverbreathe™ homes, helping to create a healthier home for families.

Building a Foreverbreathe™ home is a step you can make toward fighting climate change while creating a much better environment for your family.

Contact us today to learn more about sustainable building.

Lowering CO2 Emissions

How much CO2 will be emitted during the manufacture of your building materials? How will the building materials that you choose govern the energy consumption of your new home?

Discover how your choice of building materials can also impact the energy consumption of your new home.

Introducing magnum board, a sustainable option for RAB and wallboard.

Compared to mainstream wallboard, magnum board produces fewer greenhouse gases during manufacturing.

According to Health Based Building, magnum board is not only low in CO2 emissions, but it actually absorbs CO2 as a finished product.

Magnum Board allows enhanced airtightness without relying on plastic wraps, making your home a better choice overall.

Addressing the Environmental Crisis

The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change warns that limiting global warming to 1.5°C is becoming increasingly difficult without immediate action.

Furthermore, parts of New Zealand are experiencing land subsidence, potentially doubling the average sea level rise rate of 3.5 mm per year.

New Zealand is particularly vulnerable due to a combination of rising sea levels and sinking land.

We must act now to achieve the 1.5-degree limit and protect our environment.

The Role of Home Building in Climate Change

Carbon pollution is a major contributor to climate change, with carbon dioxide (CO2) playing a significant role in controlling atmospheric water vapor.

The building and construction sector is responsible for a substantial proportion of greenhouse gas emissions. From the manufacturing of building products to the construction and use of buildings, emissions are present at every stage.

To achieve our climate change goals, including net zero carbon by 2050, both the construction sector and clients must embrace change.

Let’s make a difference together.

Why Foreverbreathe™ Specification

The Foreverbreathe™ specification ticks the boxes for sustainable building.

The Foreverbreathe™ Specification is relatively airtight and is vapour permeable. The wall system boasts proven ability to move moisture vapour away from the home’s interior to be captured by wool insulation and converted via a process of evaporation.

The home is breathing, there’s no moisture vapour congestion within building materials, no mould, no condensation and reduced energy consumption.

The home is healthy, indoor air quality is excellent and the Foreverbreathe™ Specification is sustainable.

Sustainable Building BETTER FOR YOUR FAMILY AS WELL AS FOR OUR PLANET

What is sustainable building?

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

What is the current situation in New Zealand?

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 air changes per hour, 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 a problem, 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 (plastic) carpets and vinyl floorings have been popular consumer choices for some time.

Your sensible, cost-efficient solution

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.