Guides to building back smarter

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As part of the Build Back Smarter project, Beacon has applied the learnings from our new home and renovation projects to the rebuild and repair of Christchurch homes.

We were engaged by Christchurch City Council to produce two guides to help Christchurch residents think through their options and make decisions for better housing in the future.

 

Designing and building a new home guide

Many Christchurch homes have been so damaged by earthquakes that they cannot be repaired.   This guide is aimed at resident who are looking to build new homes - you have the perfect opportunity to design a home which is warmer, drier, healthier and cheaper to run.

This guide can be used to help you discuss smart building options with your builder or designer.

 

Home repair guide

Repairing earthquake damage is the ideal time to consider improving your home and the benefits it can bring:

  • A warmer, drier, more comfortable home
  • Reduced energy bills and less water use
  • Improved health with fewer visits to the doctor
  • A more resilient and valuable home

The purpose of this guide is to help you when talking with builders and in making decisions about repairing your home. It provides tips for repairing your home and gives indicative costs and savings that could be made for an
average sized, three to four bedroom home.

 

Build Back Smarter Checklist

Alongside the guides, we have also prepared a one page checklist as a quick overview of the opportunities your earthquake damage offers for you to upgrade your home’s performance at the same time.  Use the checklist to highlight where you have the chance to improve your home, then use the Home Repair Guide for more information.


  • 30-Jan-2013 (Publication BBS/7)

    Build Back Smarter Checklist (PDF 65KB)

    Lois Easton, Andrea Blackmore

    The kind of damage sustained in the Canterbury earthquakes - broken chimneys, damaged roofs, ceilings or walls, broken or poorly fitting windows and frames, cracked or damaged floors or foundations - provides the ideal opportunity to consider improving the performance of your home. This checklist will help you consider what changes to make alongside your earthquake repairs.  


  • 31-Aug-2011 (Publication BBS/3)

    Your Chance to Build Back Smarter: Designing and Building a New Home Guide (PDF 684KB)

    Verney Ryan for Christchurch City Council

    Aimed at Christchurch homeowners rebuilding post-earthquakes, this is a guide to designing a new home which is warmer, drier, healthier and cheaper to run.


  • 31-Jul-2011 (Publication BBS/1)

    Your Chance to Build Back Smarter: Home Repair Guide (PDF 857KB)

    Verney Ryan for Christchurch City Council

    The purpose of this guide is to help you when talking with builders and in making decisions about repairing your home. It provides tips for repairing your home and gives indicative costs and savings that could be made for an average sized, three to four bedroom home.


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Living in Christchurch?

Make the most of the new Build Back Smarter Service

Christchurch City Council has launched a free service for Christchurch people rebuilding or repairing their earthquake-damaged homes to provide   advice about insulation,  heating methods and energy saving measures such as double glazing, ventilation and lighting.

Homeowners can contact one of the service’s assessment providers who will prepare a   healthy home improvement plan tailored to the needs and budget of the homeowner.