Key players in New Zealand’s construction industry have launched a campaign to promote better building practices and improve the quality of the country’s homes and buildings. Building supplies merchant Carters has joined other industry leaders including Registered Master Builders, Construction Marketing Services, Pink Batts, GIB and James Hardie to promote the Future-Proof Building campaign.
Carters chief executive Stuart Munro says the campaign is about changing the attitudes and practices of builders and the public. “We want New Zealanders to be building homes that meet their needs today but are also functional for tomorrow. It’s about building a better home now that’s worth more in the future. “We live in a changing environment. Power is becoming more expensive, noise pollution is increasing and more emphasis is being placed on using quality materials in construction.
“Future-proofing means designing and building houses that take these factors into account to produce durable homes and offices,” Mr Munro says. The campaign builds on recent government initiatives, including the introduction of builder licensing and the review of the building code. Renovation Masters general manager John Clancy says educating builders and consumers about future-proof building is critical to improving the quality of New Zealand’s homes and offices.
“The leaky homes controversy has increased public awareness about the importance of using good products, the right equipment and qualified builders when undertaking any construction project. Future-Proof Building is a proactive industry initiative that provides real solutions to these concerns,” Mr Clancy says.
The eight principles of Future-Proof Building are sound control, energy efficiency, space management, life cycle costing, health and safety, quality assurance, resource responsibility, and security and automation.