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Design your medium density projects with character


Company: James Hardie

One of Auckland’s future urban, suburban and rural planning visions is to create communities with distinct character. ‘Community’ is a social concept, but it needs to be underpinned by physical context expressed through coherent design character, in which building materials play an important part.

Due to a spike in land prices in New Zealand, medium density housing is generating more and more interest and demand within the market place. It is the catalyst for more affordable and sustainable living going forward. Medium density housing needs careful design and planning consideration at the outset to have a positive impact on the neighbourhoods we live in. It takes more than individual buildings or houses to create truly authentic communities. Good urban design and architecture that addresses diverse social needs, as well as the natural environment is essential.

Fibre cement is an ideal building material for medium density needs. It is light weight and durable to fit our harsh environment. James Hardie is a leading international building materials company and a global leader in fibre cement, one of the world’s fastest growing building products.

Composite cladding construction allows a greater range of design options than traditional construction methods. James Hardie lightweight cladding solutions can work in conjunction to achieve increased streetscape diversity. And it allows homeowners to have the contemporary look that best meets their design preferences with diverse design character. The fire and acoustic properties of fibre cement also make James Hardie systems and products the preferred ‘go to’ solution for Medium Density applications.

James Hardie works with many developers, builders, architects and designers across New Zealand, enabling good looking, sustainable, cost-effective and easy to build solution. We drive innovation so you can achieve the design and performance outcomes you desire. Visit jameshardie.co.nz for more information or contact Hasith for your medium density projects.



The rise in Medium Density in Auckland


Company: James Hardie

Auckland’s population will increase significantly over the next 20 to 30 years. The environmental consequences and range of costs associated with a larger and more sprawling city, support the challenge for Auckland to create opportunities for more intensive living and working environments, and accommodate growth around already established urban and suburban centres.

Recent trends and research indicate that medium density housing developments will play an integral part in the current and future development of both the urban centre and the urban periphery of the Auckland region.

As Auckland grows and develops, a range of living environments should be provided for Auckland’s diverse population needs. The Auckland Plan and Proposed Unitary Plan both identifies for the need of high-quality medium density housing developments to accommodate sustainable and affordable growth in Auckland.

To help combat Auckland’s housing crisis in the immediate, Special Housing Areas (SHAs) have been identified across the city where fast-track development of affordable housing can take place. These areas are specifically targeted towards medium density housing types such as duplexes, terraced houses, apartments and mixed use residential developments.

As the New Zealand housing market evolves and many metropolitan areas look to intensify housing, it is important to ensure that manufacturers deliver solutions and products capable of facilitating changing typologies. As a market leader James Hardie recognise this growing need.

To find out more on how James Hardie can provide intelligent solutions to your medium density projects do not hesitate to contact our in house medium density specialist, Hasith Gamage on 027 703 7318 or hasith.gamage@jameshardie.co.nz.