Another FPB principle is using quality materials, correctly installed by trained professionals. When designing a Future-Proof home, special attention should be given to quality assurance testing programmes for key components of the home.
Builders should insist on products and materials that meet New Zealand Standards, and that carry BRANZ appraisals or International Organisation for Standardisation (ISO) certification where applicable.
Strict attention to quality also applies to fabrication, installation or application.
Building Code requirements
Clients’ homes are one of the most important assets they’ll own, so it pays to build to the highest possible quality. The Building Code sets the minimum standard any materials must meet if they’re to be used, but future proofing homes means simply meeting the requirements isn’t enough.
What the minimum is today may fall below that in 10 years’ time. To avoid costly upgrades later it pays to spend a little more now and build homes to exceed the current minimum requirements.
A quality home needs quality foundations and structure. Builders should try to ensure they choose New Zealand-manufactured and engineered wood products that have precisely controlled, higher performance properties for applications such as floors and roof rafters, where strength and stiffness are important.
Timber frames and trusses are independently audited to ensure consistent quality, and are made from a renewable New Zealand resource. Steel framing is an alternative option.