What is Sustainable Building?
3 May 2021
Sustainability is a very real and important concept to consider when building or renovating a home...
Locally sourced, sustainable, eco-friendly – you could be forgiven for thinking this was marketing speak for a trendy new organic Wellington eatery. But far from a buzzword, sustainability is a very real and important concept to consider when building or renovating a home.
There endures a persistent myth that eco-friendly building is prohibitively expensive, but that is just no longer the case. The barriers to entry have been lowered significantly and suppliers these days offer a vast range of environmentally friendly products that will not break the bank and may even save money in the long term.
Choosing quality, well-rated appliances can save power and have a big impact on running costs over time. Oceanside Homes have several brands and models of fridges, washing machines, dishwashers and ducted air conditioning systems that we recommend to our clients.
When heading into winter, sprinkler and irrigation restrictions are often in place in Tauranga - showing just how precious water efficiency is in our region. For this reason, Oceanside Homes always suggests using modern showers with flow restrictors to prevent excessive water use.
We provide extra heat and lower electricity costs by installing ceiling and wall insulation well above building code requirements and even incorporating an insulated garage door. Our designs are always approached with solar heat gain in mind, and we take the time to speak to our clients about how they live in their home and what time of day they will be in the various rooms. We future proof for solar too, meaning even if full solar power is not viable now, the installation will be easy later.
Oceanside Homes partners with suppliers with strong and transparent sustainability strategies like Methven, Bosch and Dulux. We also focus on using sustainable locally sourced materials wherever possible like our framing from Red Stag Timber. In 2018 Red Stag Timber won an award for energy efficiency and conservation in New Zealand and their logs are sourced from forests that are certified as being sustainably managed by the Forest Stewardship Council.
As well as better for the environment a nod to sustainability often benefits the health of your loved ones too.
Take paint for example; at Oceanside Homes we recommend low VOC paints from Dulux. Volatile Organic Compounds (or VOCs) are carbon containing substances that easily become gases or vapours. Although they help paint dry faster, they can also cause respiratory problems as well as other issues like skin and eye reactions, dizziness, and damage to the central nervous system. Their release into the indoor atmosphere is called off-gassing, and it occurs over time, not just during paint application or drying. By selecting a low VOC paint, you are not only avoiding releasing gaseous pollutants into the atmosphere but literally providing clearer air for your family to breathe.
On our building sites we have a real focus on reducing construction waste, and recycling materials wherever possible.
If you are thinking about building your dream home and like the idea of a warmer, dryer, healthier home that is also better for the environment then give Oceanside Homes a call today!
As soon as we met Alan, we knew we had found the right person to guide us through our home build. After previously having a bad experience with another building company, we were delighted to find him.
Right from our first meeting, Alan with his friendly and polite manner, listened to what we wanted in a home and grasped a great understanding of our needs.
Respecting our budget and spending time to work out what the best options were for us, Alan worked hard to ensure we built the house we wanted. Communication was never a problem with Alan always answering our emails and phone calls promptly.
Thank you, Alan, for making what could have been a very stressful process so much fun. Your passion and great sense of humour was a pleasure to work with. We are very grateful that we had you to help us build our lovely home.
The House is absolutely perfect. Oceanside Homes listened carefully to our design ideas and put those into a preliminary design, it developed into the perfect plan for our needs.
Isaac was the reason why we went with Oceanside, he was one of 6 builders that we gave our name to at the Tauranga Home Show who bothered to follow up. He was part of the process from start to finish, we had a budget and we had to make it work! Isaac and the team were as passionate about our build as we were.
The best part of the build was the actual process. It was very exciting seeing the house develop from a design to a completed project. We will definitely build with Oceanside again because we really trust Isaac!
Alan was quick to realise the slightly unusual nature of our requirements and empathised with what we were attempting to achieve. It was this empathy and Alan's innovative approach that led us to choose his company over the many competing companies in that field.
Alan's approach to our specific needs was innovative, caring, thoughtful and very successful. His positive nature and good humour helped us achieve a very successful outcome.
We are extremely happy with our new home, and put much of this delight to the flair shown by Alan.
We really found the process smooth and easy. Oceanside Homes helped us to understand the process and their communication was great.
Using the Co-Construct app was a real pleasure. We were kept up to date with each stage of the build and could follow the progress easily and then schedule site visits accordingly. The build is perfect with no wasted space!
Right from the start Alan was so easy to talk to and gave us all the information we needed to start the process.
He was so patient and helpful with all of our questions and requests and used his lovely sense of humour regularly.
From the first meeting Alan understood what we were looking for and his strong communication skills meant that we were always on the same page. His wise advice, as the project progressed, helped us so much as this was the first new house we had built. We always felt at ease with Alan and there was never any pressure to be hurried in any way. He always returned our calls and queries promptly even after hours (which we felt guilty about) as we had sent a query not thinking he would work out of business hours.
Alan was completely professional and offered the very best customer service and it was a pleasure dealing with him.
Along with the fantastic service we received from the Oceanside Homes team, they delivered a home of excellent quality and we are very satisfied with the value we received. We are very happy with our new new home!”
The thing I liked most in working with the Oceanside Homes team was an authentic sincere attitude towards trying to meet all of my needs. The whole time, I felt I was being looked after 100% and over time I grew to trust without a doubt the whole process and Oceanside Homes.
Working with the Oceanside Homes team is as easy as working with a group of good friends who get on fantastically, and are all working towards the same goal. Easy peasy!! Plus of course, professional, efficient, understanding, considerate, and open minded.
Every single person I dealt with was amazingly efficient and extremely helpful. I only have good memories of all my dealings with each and every one of the Oceanside Homes team.
They sincerely want to make not only the journey enjoyable but deliver a quality, amazing home. Both aesthetically and structurally, throughout the whole process, from beginning to end I rate the product and the service 10 out of 10+++….. I would without a shadow of a doubt, recommend Oceanside Homes to others in fact I already have and do.
We approached Oceanside Homes with a plan in mind. We had many extra’s and these were all handled with ease, the team were excellent and their high degree of finishing is evident where ever you look in our new home.
One of the many advantages of dealing with Oceanside Homes was their excellent team of sub trades Electrical, Plumbing, Gas Fitting, Fireplace Installers and Kitchen Manufacturer who all made a great contribution to our wonderful home
Thank you all for our wonderful home.
We had several meetings with Alan and found the process of exploring options and having house plans redesigned to suit a really positive experience. Alan was patient, supportive and paid attention to our evolving needs with enthusiasm, throwing in great ideas and making the whole process creative and fun.