The selection and maintenance of building elements and materials is one situation where out of sight should not be out of mind. In many situations, corrosion and deterioration may be occurring that is difficult to detect or see.
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A recent study looked at what was required to future-proof current pensioner housing in Napier. Insulation, efficient heating and accessibility were found to be key concerns.
It’s been a year since Build last reported on the project in Papakowhai, Porirua, where nine homes were retrofitted in 2007 and monitored throughout 2008. Now complete, the study offers some valuable insights into sustainable renovations.