Lifetime Design is a registered charity and operates as an independent organisation that works closely with architects and designers to provide design solutions that will cater to the needs of homeowners now and can be easily adapted to suit lifestyle changes and their changing needs as they age.
Dynex, the manufacturers of Palliside Weatherboards and one of the first Lifemark product partners, sees Lifetime Design as being relevant to more than just the inside of house and recognised parallels between the Lifemark standard and the features of Palliside, and the importance of those principles to somebody considering building a home.
"We believe the exterior of a home is as critical as the interior when considering a home's lifetime value," says Richard McGechie of Dynex. "Once you've chosen a cladding system you're stuck with it – it's very difficult to replace without significant cost, and maintenance is challenging when mobility is an issue."
Palliside requires no painting and only an occasional wash down to keep it looking good – saving money and more importantly time. It comes with 25 year fully-transferrable warranty and is made in New Zealand.
"A New Zealand brand – just like Lifemark," says Richard. He sums it up, "If you make the right choice at the design stage and put it on the plan. That's good lifetime value."