October Newsletter – Sustainability & Projects update

Newsletter - Stellaria NZ

Hi Everyone,

We asked a number of architects recently what are the most important features when selecting materials for their design. Sustainability (also Durability) and Performance are at the top of the list followed by efficiency and ease of installation.

Last week we posted on LinkedIn, an article referring to Peter Dyer who has just published his book ‘Rottenomics’ around our leaky homes issues. We asked ‘isn’t it time we started looking seriously at the materials we are using to build our homes in NZ’. With a 10 year master build guarantee and expected 15 year lifespan on most materials – what should we be expecting from our homes?

Have you ever travelled to Europe and spent time or lived in some of their homes built with stone or masonry that are over 400 years old? If so, you will have experienced the sense of permanence and quiet solidity of these homes. Newer homes in Europe have to perform and last for at least 100 years…in fact, one German living NZ said ‘I have never seen anyone in their home wearing a jersey.’ Time for us to really think about this.

If you missed our EBOSS article on Sustainability you can find it here and we are very excited to be able to publish our first interview with one of our brick clients – Case Ornsby. You can read about why he chose our beautiful brick…

A quick update on three of our Porotherm projects…and a quick preview of a Wasserstrich SPECIAL EDITION in white…

Thank you for receiving this newsletter – all the best to you in building well and living well…

The Stellaria Team


Leaky Homes are just not going away…now a $47b problem

October 2019 newsletter - leaky homes news

With more and more uncertainty – our biggest emotional and financial investment is our home. Design, installation and materials coupled with the urgency to build cutting corners is making us sick. A very high price to pay and it simply is not going away. What is going on behind our walls?


Lasting quality and performance…

Porotherm Clay Block R25Th+, R15 and R25 Column

Even if you have a leak – a Porotherm Clay Block wall is never going to rot or deteriorate ever. You can see and feel just how this block is designed to retain temperature, manage moisture and breathe – for a beautiful living environment all year round – year upon year…


POROTHERM UPDATE: Karapiro Porotherm Project – Cottage Roof is on

Karapiro Porotherm Project


Harakeke Drive, Taupo Foundation X-Pods installed

Porotherm Harakeke Drive Project


Botanical Heights Drive, Taupo – EzyMix Plaster started

Taupo Porotherm Project


Beerse Vormak Wasserstrich Super Wit – Special Edition

Beerse Vormbak Wasserstrich SuperWit - Spceial Edition 02.1

Wienerberger have tested & developed a very special white brick using the Engobe technique – ‘a liquid clay slip coating applied to give it decorative color or improved texture’. In this case – the very popular white is easily achieved.

For more information about our projects, products, to request samples or just have a chat, contact us – we would love to hear from you!


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