Company: James Hardie
James Hardie Linea® Weatherboard provides the perfect choice for low-maintenance exterior cladding.
In 2012, Murray and Lee Ann Durbin, along with S3 Architects and the School of Architecture at The University of Auckland, set out on a cutting-edge building project: to create the Ideal House. Designed for a family of five, the Ideal House aimed to be comfortable, healthy, energy-efficient and environmentally-friendly, all the while sticking to an affordable budget.
When it came to choosing a sustainable low-maintenance exterior product that would stand the test of time, the Ideal House team chose to use Linea® Weatherboard, by James Hardie.
“The Ideal House was originally designed and specified in cedar cladding,” Murray says. “However, my parents recently had to replace large sections of cedar cladding on their Auckland home after about 20 years. We decided to look for a durable cladding option which would be easier to maintain, particularly because many areas of the house require scaffolding to access.”
As well as being functional and easy to maintain, the Ideal House needed to look good too. “We love [Linea’s] weatherboard look,” Murray says. “We’ve had issues with resin-bleed from timber weatherboards previously, plus we liked the flexibility of being able to paint the Linea® any colour we wanted.”
In late 2013 the Ideal House was awarded the prestigious 8 Stars Homestar Design rating, and now ranks alongside only a handful of other comparable environmentally-friendly, sustainable builds in New Zealand.
So would Murray use Linea again? “Yes, we’re sold on the product. We will always look to use Linea as the main cladding product on any home we build in the future.”