Foreverbreathe demonstration home

28 April 2020

NZGBC Member content by Robin Curtis, Health Based Building

Health Based Building is currently constructing a Foreverbreathe Demonstration Home at 1062 Colombo Street, Christchurch. The home will be a fully functional whole home educational space to express what can be done in support of Sustainable Development and the ease with which a no-compromise approach can be taken.

The project is Health Based Building’s commitment to Sustainable Development. Our Common Future, also known as the Brundtland Report makes it very clear Sustainable Development is development that meets the needs of the present without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs. Built environments are major contributors to global warming and human health impacts. The building industry and those that form, construct and supply into it must evolve to a stage where what we are building today is benefiting future generations and the planet.

Key to the Foreverbreathe Specification is the Foreverbreathe Wall System. The system is airtight focussed and vapour permeable to naturally regulate moisture in the construction. The main components in the system are Magnum Board Interior Wall & Ceiling Lining, Magnum Board Rigid Air Barrier, Laminated Veneer Lumber (LVL) Framing, New Zealand Sheep’s Wool Insulation and Foreverbreathe Paint.

Humidity within the home is controlled passively through automated Velux window technology and mechanical ventilation in high humidity zones such as bathrooms and kitchens. A recent Sensitive Choice Product advisory panel's rigorous review has confirmed Foreverbreathe Wall Systems have shown to offer a potential benefit to those with asthma and/or allergies by improving indoor air quality using environmentally friendly, vapour permeable materials. The Foreverbreathe Specification is the beginning of what will be Health Based Building, establishing indoor air quality standards with a strong focus on respiratory health for all built environments. 

For more information visit Foreverbreathe demonstration home web pages below.