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Build Better: The Porotherm Block Solution for Sustainable Construction in New Zealand.




In the face of New Zealand's housing crisis, the construction sector grapples with unprecedented demands, necessitating modern approaches to meet challenges while prioritising environmental and social well-being.

The Porotherm clay block walling system, with its traditional clay material, offers innovative construction solutions. Introduced to New Zealand in 2009, it has proven to be a versatile, high-performance, and sustainable alternative to traditional masonry.. 


Benefits of using Porotherm block in construction include: 


ECONOMIC CONSTRUCTION ADVANTAGES


  • Enhanced construction speed, up to 10m² per man per hour, crucial for large-scale developments.

  • Comparable costs to 140mm timber construction. Visit our website for further information on Porotherm vs Other Construction Materials Costs




"We estimated it would take at least 2 months to get our blocks up, but we are at lintel height already and it’s been 2 weeks!” 

ENVIRONMENTAL BENEFITS BUILDING WITH POROTHERM


  • Significantly reduced water usage (up to 95% less) compared to traditional blockwork. 

  • Sustainability: 30% of materials used in Porotherm manufacturing are from recycled or secondary sources.

  • Easy recycling: Porotherm can be crushed and reused as aggregate.




"The amount of rubbish produced with a timber framing system compared to what we are now experiencing with the Porotherm block system, virtually nil.” 

LIFESTYLE ENHANCEMENTS WHEN BUILDING WITH POROTHERM


  • Provides quiet, solid, and comfortable living environments.

  • Energy savings due to natural insulation properties, maintaining pleasant indoor temperatures.




"There’s a massive improvement in the temperature of the house, on a sunny day in winter, the blocks slowly release the stored heat overnight."

SKILLED LABOUR SUPPORT FOR BUILDING WITH POROTHERM


  • There is a network of architects, engineers, and builders across New Zealand available for support that you can find on our dedicated Porotherm Clay BLOCKBUILD website.

  • Structural integrity ensured through standard running bond beam patterns and engineering details.




"Stellaria provide an excellent product which is structurally extremely earthquake-resistant, houses can be built over the entirety of New Zealand with safety as a priority.”

POROTHERM REGULATORY SUPPORT


  • Porotherm is gaining traction in NZ with projects completed and in various stages across the country.

  • We have a network of experienced professionals for assistance with design and regulatory processes.




“Stellaria have been a great help through the design process, ensuring details are efficient and that the consenting process runs as smoothly as possible.” 


OVERALL ADVANTAGE OF A POROTHERM CLAY BLOCKBUILD


To this end, Porotherm clay block doesn’t only provide a way for the sector to begin building more efficiently but enables it in a way that promotes greater environmental consciousness. In turn, this can allow the sector to get ahead of any potential future legislation, which could inevitably target more unsustainable building methods. 


Porotherm clay block walling system is an innovative method of construction with the reassuringly traditional values of clay material, it delivers versatile, high performance, and sustainable walls with full technical support available at all project stages.





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