Sustainability considerations

During a remediation project, the opportunity is provided to incorporate a number of sustainable features into the design and construction practices.

Examples include:

  • upgrading wall and window insulation values to reduce heat loss and reduce energy demand (also see improving building performance)
  • considering the whole-of-life cost rather than the initial cost when discussing cladding selection (also see reducing weathertightness risk)
  • selecting materials that require less maintenance
  • selecting materials that can be recycled at the end of their serviceable life
  • minimising waste generation on site
  • reusing or recycling materials where feasible and materials will continue to meet durability requirements
  • replacing older recessed downlights with ceiling-mounted downlights or newer recessed downlights labeled IC or IC-F that can be covered with insulation
  • reducing the use of solvents through paint and timber treatment specification.

See www.level.org.nz for detailed information about sustainable building.

Updated: 27 May 2016