Exterior building materials include materials for roofing and cladding, walls (including framing), foundations, and window/door frames. Some materials may release emissions which can harm human health, either during manufacture or after they are installed.
A summary of the key points from the discussion document 'Building Sustainable Urban Communities - a discussion document exploring place-based approaches to sustainable urban development in New Zealand' can be downloaded or read here:
As part of the Evaluations and Building Sustainability section at BRANZ, the Sustainable Construction Team provides resources for the construction industry in the form of consulting, research, analytical tools and educational information.
Level, the authority on sustainable building. Level will help you design and build homes which have less impact on the environment and are healthier, more comfortable, and have lower running costs.
A natural and stunning alternative to hardwood, plywood and other building products for a wide range of joinery solutions - both indoors and outdoors. The success of bamboo panels lies in their fantastic strength, sustainability, great looks and amazing versatility.
A sustainable building is designed and operated to use and reuse materials in the most productive and sustainable way across its entire life cycle, and is adaptable for reuse during its life cycle. The materials used in a sustainable building minimize life-cycle environmental impacts such as global warming, resource depletion, and toxicity.
As the environmental impact of buildings becomes more apparent, a new field called "green building" is gaining momentum. Green, or sustainable, building is the practice of creating and using healthier and more resource-efficient models of construction, renovation, operation, maintenance and demolition.
The Sustainable Living programme is a practical, fun way to learn and use actions to reduce your environmental impacts. It offers you future living skills for a healthier lifestyle and a new approach to making smart consumer choices in New Zealand.
About the Sustainable Steel Council. The Sustainable Steel Council (SSC) was formed in 2009 to promote the use of steel as a sustainable building material to the various stakeholders within New Zealand's building and property industries.
WAITAKERE CITY COUNCIL’S SUSTAINABLE HOME GUIDELINES / MATERIALS / PAGE 8 Assessment sheet for ‘eco’ building materials Sometimes it’s hard to know just how ‘eco’ a product is and which materials are best.
Bamboo is a very fast growing, renewable and easy-to-grow resource. It is an extremely versatile material with countless uses including construction, clothes, food and fuel.
Choosing sustainable building materials that do not deplete the natural environment more than necessary, for example, using plantation-grown timbers and recyclable building materials. Improving indoor air quality by choosing paints with low volatile organic compounds.
The New Zealand Green Building Council (NZGBC) is a non-profit membership organisation that promotes better buildings, because better buildings mean healthier, happier people. The green building movement is growing.
Sustainable building, green building or eco building is simply using resources (materials, energy, water and air) in smarter, more efficient ways so we can build homes that are affordable, warmer, healthier, cheaper to run and better for the environment and future generations.
Building is, by its very nature, not overly environmentally friendly. Lots of energy and materials go into creating products for your house but we need somewhere to live, so the best approach is to minimise the environmental impact through using products that are recyclable, design with water and energy savings in mind, and use technologies read more
Sustainable Building Materials in NZ When building a new home, you can protect the environment by using sustainable building materials that are readily available in New Zealand. When you choose to use sustainable building materials, you also help the local community and decrease the amount of health hazards to you and your family.