The average cost to build in timber frame construction in New Zealand sits at around $2,500-3,500/m². The known increase in build costs is a steady increase of around 7% p/yr.
But what about the ongoing cost of heating, cooling and maintenance? Once the 10-year warranty period has expired what happens when something goes wrong or a re-clad is required?
Most NZ housing companies now include a clause in their building contract whereby they cannot be held responsible for how the owner chooses to ‘heat and cool their home’. What does this mean?
Porotherm clay block construction continues to tick all the boxes for durability, sustainability, performance, heating/cooling, acoustic, seismicity and maintenance.
As the cost to build in timber frame continues to increase along with the ongoing running and maintenance costs, Porotherm is proving itself on the NZ market to be fast, simple and efficient and promises to deliver not only a cost-effective build rate but also promises near-zero energy and maintenance.
Considering the ongoing promise of living in a 100% natural environment with excellent indoor air quality, plus the promise of multi-generational permanence, investment in Porotherm begins to outweigh other options — especially when considering the possibility of underperformance of other materials. Many NZ homes simply cannot guarantee beyond a 10-year warranty.
Porotherm clay block construction can start at a build/m² rate of $2,500 and can be as simple or complex in design and finish as any other building system available on the NZ market. Solid, permanent and forever homes to last well beyond 150 years — isn’t it time for change?