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Building warmer, healthier homes

Building warmer, healthier homes
Choosing a higher level of insulation with well-planned layout that considers window orientation and utilises thermally broken aluminium or PVC window and door design can result in long term savings.

Deciding to join the Superhome Movement last year was a ‘no-brainer’ for family run building company Stalwart Construction Ltd, which has long taken pride in its quality of service and workmanship.

Colin and Lou Satherley started the business more than a decade ago to meet building needs of clients in the greater Christchurch area.

Stalwart Construction has a strong reputation in both the domestic building and light commercial markets.

Involvement with the Superhome Movement is proving inspiring for the company, whose ongoing goal is to build warmer, healthier homes that are much more economical to run than built-to-codeminimum dwellings.

“We are learning so much about the latest products and techniques available and really keeping in touch with what’s going on within the industry,” says Colin, a qualified Licensed Building Practitioner with more than 30 years’ experience under his belt.

“It’s all about finding ways to build better and helping educate our clients on how small things can make a difference.”

Choosing a higher level of insulation with wellplanned layout that considers window orientation and utilises thermally broken aluminium or PVC window and door design, for example, can result in real long term savings on power bills and a much warmer and more comfortable home environment.

“If you cast your eye down most streets, then the houses look fairly similar. It’s the things you can’t see that make such a difference.”

Colin knows most people won’t be aiming towards a 10 Star energy efficient home, yet many
will be aspiring to own a warmer home that will cost less to run.

“Even if it’s a six or seven star home, then that puts it well above the building code for insulation and energy efficiency.”

As well as new home builds, Stalwart Construction carries out a lot of alterations, extensions and recladding to update older homes, with this work also providing opportunities to boost home performance.

“Christchurch is an interesting market because a lot of people are choosing not only to repair homes broken by the earthquakes, but also improve on what they had.

So rather than putting bricks back on the wall, they may choose to add another layer of insulation and go with a lighter cladding on the outside.

Or they may replace timber joinery with thermally broken double glazing.”

For example, Stalwart Construction recently completed a large earthquake repair and upgrade for a client that has resulted in a home that is now much more airtight, fully insulated, above code and equipped with a heat recovery air ventilation system.

 

Building warmer, healthier homes

As well as new home builds, Stalwart Construction carries out a lot of alterations, extensions and recladding to update older homes, with this work also providing opportunities to boost home performance.

 

Stalwart Construction is a member of the Certified Builders Association of New Zealand and provides the security of mind associated with a Certified Builders’ 10 Year Home First Guarantee.

As a small family firm, there is also the security of having the same friendly team on every job.

“Being able to form that personal relationship with clients is pretty fundamental,” says Colin, who offers a free design to build consultation as part of the service.

The company has also been busy in recent weeks carrying out earthquake strengthening work on shops in Sockburn and is experienced in other light commercial work.

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