Historically, concrete used to have fairly poor green credibility due largely to it’s high levels of embodied energy and in part for the potential of lime run off into our waterways. More recently, Architects and engineers are taking a more holistic view and now recognise that life cycle cost is perhaps a more accurate measure of a buildings’ impact on the natural environment. There are few materials that can compete with concrete in this regard. At Concrete Homes we’re determined to challenge opinions and showcase the benefits of concrete.
Concrete is one of the world’s most versatile construction materials and has over the years been the architect’s material of choice in the commercial sector. The residential market is now demanding higher performance from their buildings. A natural choice is the use of concrete.
There are several fundamental reasons why to build with concrete:
A common misconception is that concrete houses are cold, this could not be further from the truth. Concrete has a very high thermal mass which helps buildings stay temperature stable. i.e. they naturally find the average temperature over a 24 hour period. This is particularly suited to Northland’s temperate climate and means our buildings remain warm in winter yet stay cool in summer.
Concretes’ thermal mass responds well to solar gains. We encourage all our designs to maximise the solar gain of each particular house site, the effect being to shorten the winter heating season.
If you are considering building or simply wish to discuss your project with us please do not hesitate to contact us.