“If you set out to build a structure that will last for 100 years or more, it changes the way you detail things and it turns into a far more robust process,” Tony says.
“There’s a need for more leadership in New Zealand around the Building Code because it sets a minimum standard only, and unfortunately we are achieving it.” One way to address this, Tony believes, is looking at the construction industry like any other consumable sector - washing machines for example, that are clearly marked with star ratings showing efficiency.
“We could do the same with the building industry and construction materials. If people are given a choice and clearly educated about that choice, it only follows that people will be empowered to make better ones.
“To create a building that lasts longer and saves significant resources over its lifespan, is worth paying a little more for upfront.”
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