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    When we lived in NZ our new house was built of brick (although I believe it was actually brick cladding). When we were house hunting we came a ccross a number of different materials that houses were built in (weatherboard being one I can remember). What other materials are used to build houses and what are the good & bads points in all? Which ones are longer lasting, need minial maintenance and safer (earthquake proof!!!)?
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    That's a hard one to give a quick answer to!

    Yes, it will have been a timber or possibly steel framed house with brick veneer cladding. There have not been structural brick buildings built in NZ since 1935.

    Structurally:
    The main structural systems used are light timber framing and to a much lesser extent steel framing. Then you can also have reinforced concrete masonry (block), and in-situ (poured) reinforced concrete, and tilt slab reinforced concrete. Heavy timber framing is another possibility, as is heavy steel framing, which are called frame or post and beam structures. Less common are mud brick/rammed earth/and also straw bale (which can be structural or can have a post and beam frame). Then there are panel (sandwich and solid) systems and solid timber systems like log houses or the interlocking machined timber types.

    (And then there are choices of claddings...which can be brick or concrete veneer, or timber weatherboard or fibre cement sheet or weatherboard, or corrugated steel or aerated concrete...)

    All of these structures and materials have to meet the Building Code, so all are designed to deal with the force of a large quake. New Zealand has performance based Code, so no matter what you build with, it must perform to a set standard in a quake.

    Note that only really important buildings such as hospitals are designed to remain usable after a quake. The Code requires that buildings do not collapse, because that saves lives, but they may well need repair or replacing after a big jolt.

    I have not heard of any buildings that had structures designed to meet the current code that caused any deaths in the quakes, which is quite impressive given the ground acceleration was much higher than expected and designed for.

    The pluses and minuses is a bit harder to answer, because it depends on what you class as important. The most common materials are popular because they are cheaper, and adaptable. For some, embodied energy in materials is important, so concrete is out, and for others, thermal mass and low maintenance is important so concrete is in.

    I hope that starts to answer some of your questions.

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    Here's a couple of links that may or may not help with info. Smarter Homes and Consumer Build.
    I did have a great site that named and explained each type of cladding etc. used in NZ housing but looks like it's closed down now.
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    So to clarify - most houses are timber framed with various different sorts of cladding. If not brick cladding then they will need a lot of maintenance such as regular painting whereas the brick cladding will need similar maintenance to the houses we have in the UK. Have I got this right?
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    That's a good summary. The amount of maintenance required is probably highest for plaster finished houses, then weatherboard. Paint on plaster needs to be repainted every 3-5 years. Weatherboard every 7-10 years.
    In NZ there really has been a big issue with people marketing houses as low maintenance and then it being interpreted as no maintenance.
    We happily service our cars every 6 months, and don't think about houses standing in the weather and the dirt day in day out, and somehow expect them to be as they were when we moved in...

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