Cost considerations often drive choices when building a property, but thinking more broadly from project design to material specification can be worth its weight in gold.
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With home ownership in New Zealand changing on a 7–9 year cycle, long-term considerations may seem irrelevant to some homeowners. But taking a long-term view could have positive benefits for our health, the environment and our pockets.
It is widely accepted that the built environment makes a significant contribution to climate change and this impact needs to be minimised, but how? BRANZ’s LCAQuick is one tool that helps design better buildings.
Designers and builders enjoy a broad and ever-increasing range of cladding options for walls and roofs. While appearance is a prime consideration, it is useful to consider the upfront and lifetime costs.
Life cycle costing allows the costs of different design and material options to be compared over the life of a building. It is now used as part of the assessment of proposed changes to building regulations.