Building Research Association data shows a 25 percent rise in brick houses in the last six years.

Posted on Thursday, November 19th, 2009 at 3:06 pm in

According to a New Zealand Herald report brick makers are having to run 24- hour shifts to meet demand which has taken bricks from 40 to 50 percent of all claddings used.

The ‘move to brick’ is believed to be a reaction to the ‘leaky home syndrome’. There is even an indication that bricks are being made in Australia to New Zealand specifications. Brick houses have always been built with a cavity wall, the lack of which was initially blamed as a major contributor to the debacle which led the Government to close the BIA in dubious circumstances.

Recent research in moisture detection has caused a rethink as to the effectiveness of the cavity in coping with bad workmanship and slack enforcement of regulations.

Others point to the fact that brick is currently a cheaper cladding than most others and if properly laid, trouble free. But that was where the problems began with the good old Harditex and others with their complex on-site requirements plus the scandal of the untreated timber.

This is a story worth watching.

This article was made possible for the NZ Property Monitor by Timothy Terence Manning