Checklist - upgrading during earthquake repairs

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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. We call this building back smarter.

A home that performs well is warm, dry and healthy. It uses less energy - for heating, water heating, lighting or appliances - and so it costs less to run. 

We know how to achieve this: high levels of insulation under floors, in ceilings and in walls; double glazing; clean efficient heating; efficient water heating such as solar or heat pump hot water; good ventilation; and efficient water use and reuse.

Some of these improvements can happen easily at any time - ceiling insulation for example - but others are best done during major repairs or renovations.  Fully insulating the walls of a home, for example, requires wall linings be removed and replaced. 

The extent of repairs needed to earthquake damaged homes is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to include improvements, such as wall insulation, that would otherwise be unaffordable and difficult.

Then you can enjoy warmth, comfort and lower running costs when you move back in.

 

Build Back Smarter Checklist

This checklist will help you consider what changes to make alongside your earthquake repairs. 

For example, if you have ceiling damage, you should consider upgrading ceiling insulation and replacing any old downlights.

 

 

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  • 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.  


Cladding damage, Canterbury

Typical cladding damage

 


Ceiling damage

 

Typical ceiling damage