What is FPB?
For any homeowner, understanding the principles of Future-Proof Building is a key advantage when building, renovating or improving the home.
Future-Proof Building is all about educating homeowners to make the right choices for their home.
When choosing between quotes it may be that the cheapest quote doesn’t represent the best value because the value over time for that product or service may be less when all factors are considered. To understand this is to understand the Life Cycle cost of a product or service.
When lighting or heating your home decisions such as your choice of lightbulb is one element, insulation and how it sits in your home, the age and insulation of your hot water cylinder, your choice of heat pump or solar roofing, the availability of sensor lighting in the home all fall under Energy Smart, along with many other considerations.
These are just a couple of examples of how Future-Proof Building Principles can help make you aware of large or small changes you can make to your existing home or your new build that can make a profound difference to the way you live.
Future Proof Building Principles
Future-Proofing your home for energy efficiency makes good financial sense. It will reduce both your carbon footprint and your energy bills.
Choosing the right insulation, heating solutions, lighting, and appliances will make your home warmer, more comfortable to live in and more attractive to potential buyers or tenants.
Changes to your plumbing, heating, lighting and even the design of your home can reduce the risk of illness, accidents or injury.
Features like mechanically-filtered ventilation systems, central vacuums and non-slip decking help to ensure the health and safety of your family.
As one of your biggest investments, your home should look and perform just as well in 10 years as it does today. Life Cycle Costing means evaluating what a product or service costs over its lifetime: cheaper things may end up costing you dearly over the long term.
If you plan to build or renovate, talk to your builder about the materials that will deliver the best long-term value.
Future-Proofed homes are built from quality materials, correctly installed by professionals. Products and materials used for key components of the home should meet NZ Standards, carry BRANZ appraisals, or International Organisation for Standardization (ISO) standards where applicable.
Smart home security and automation help Future-Proof your home and improve your quality of life. From state-of-the-art entertainment throughout your home to remote garage door openers to fully integrated, centrally controlled computer systems, there is an FPB solution for all homes.
From traffic to home entertainment systems, noise pollution is a common problem in homes. For your home to maintain its long-term value, regardless of what is built nearby or who moves in next door, you need to plan carefully.
Future-Proof your home against noise pollution with intelligent building design and purpose-designed materials like laminated windows and sound insulation products.
The cost of energy is increasing every year. Kiwis are becoming more aware of the need to get more value from energy we consume, waste less, and use renewable energy wherever possible.
A key goal of Future-Proof Building is to minimise our impact on the earth. When building, renovating, or improving your home, choose eco-friendly products, recycled materials, and renewable resources whenever possible to reduce your carbon footprint and protect the planet for future generations.
Future-Proof your home for a growing or ageing family by building rooms that can be divided into smaller areas or used in multiple ways. Allow for plenty of storage – consider installing shelving and organizer systems in wardrobes, the laundry, or even in the roof cavity.
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