• strength and durability

  • Concrete, 5000 years old

  • watertight and airtight

  • Durable, safe, secure

  • Energy Efficient

  • Fire and Flood Resistant

  • Low Maintenance

  • Sound Absorbing

  • Faster Building Process

  • Sustainable Resource

  • Earthquake Resistant

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Why Build In Concrete

The priorities have changed. New Zealanders want better homes.

The leaky building saga and Christchurch earthquake, as well as numerous floods have taught us this. Changes in the building code and building qualifications requirements have been part of this change in priority.

Building in Concrete is a significant step to building better homes in New Zealand. Admire Homes is positioned at the forefront of this advance in customer demand and building technology.

You can take advantage of this proven progression in technology and build a more secure, safer and healthy home for you and your family.

Click on the video below to see how concrete construction is changing the way New Zealanders can build their houses. The Cement and Concrete Association of NZ, CCANZ, have put together this informative video.

Concrete has been used in construction for over 5000 years. It is the most used man-made material in the world, with nearly three tons used annually for each man, woman and child. Twice as much concrete is used around the world than the total of all other building materials, including wood, steel, plastic and aluminium. None of these other materials can replace concrete in terms of effectiveness, price and performance.

In New Zealand concrete is used to build our schools, hospitals, tunnels, bridges, apartment blocks, sewerage systems, dams, footpaths, runways, roads and more. Our communities are literally built on concrete.

As the leaders in this technology, Admire Homes is using Concrete to build more cost effective, durable, energy efficient, safer and healthier homes, than any other common building construction method in New Zealand today.

Like many people, the investment you make in your home will be your largest. Using a construction technique that ensures, not only the longevity of your investment, but the inherent strengths that Concrete presents the best choice by far.

Ensuring the future value of your investment makes absolute sense! With an Admire Home, you will not only save on routine maintenance and ongoing costs such as heating, but ultimately benefit from a higher re-sale price due to the superior weather and fire resistant properties of concrete.


Click here to download a copy of the Coming Home to Concrete booklet produced by CCANZ.


Concrete provides many significant advantages over wooden framing
and other traditional construction methods.

Click on the section below to find out more.

Healthier Homes

Concrete homes provide a healthier home. Concrete walls contain no organic material, so they won’t support the growth of mould, mildew and other potentially harmful micro-organisms.

Concrete is naturally fire resistant and waterproof and doesn’t require any special sealers or coatings.

Concrete is impermeable to water and air and therefore your Admire Home will be airtight. This reduces the possibility of drafts causing inefficient and lost heating and issues such as leaky buildings.

A comparative house built of wood contains many dangerous chemicals such as copper, chromium, arsenic and solvents. More information about the chemicals currently used in the treatment of wood can be found on the Level.co.nz website here.

Admire Homes can build your home so that it is healthier than most other homes in New Zealand, simply by using Concrete.

Stronger homes able to better withstand earthquakes and floods

Simply put, Concrete houses are far stronger than wooden framed or steel framed houses.

Admire Homes are constructed in one pour (they are not put together as slabs on concrete erected on site, commonly known as “tilt slab” construction), so that the resultant walls are one solid piece of steel reinforced concrete, not panels joined together.

Being superior in strength, Admire Homes are far better able to withstand earthquakes. Admire Homes are built using 35MPa concrete. Compare that with a normal driveway density that is 17MPa. CCANZ has released information on the performance of homes constructed with concrete in the Christchurch earthquake. Click here to view the information.

Concrete homes are also better to withstand flooding. Should a flood occur in a Concrete house it is highly unlikely that there would be damage to the structure of the house unless the foundations are undermined. Should a flood occur Concrete does not need any restoration work and the house can be restored to its original state by replacing the internal fittings such as carpet.

Conversely, with a house made out of timber framing, it is probable that damage will occur to the wood (as wood is a “natural sponge”) and lengthy and costly repairs are likely to result.

Fire Resistant

Concrete is incombustible – it can’t catch on fire and, unlike wood which is a natural source of fuel for a fire, Concrete resists fire. As it does not burn, concrete does not release any environmentally hazardous smoke, gases or toxic fumes. By its very nature Concrete can’t burn and indeed, can limit the spread of a fire in a house as it is an effective fire shield.

Concrete structures have been tested to withstand temperatures of over 1000 degrees Celsius for 4 hours and maintain the structural integrity without failing or allowing fire to penetrate. Click here for more details.

In 2012 The University of Canterbury conducted experiments on the effect of fire on concrete floor slabs and found that the floor slabs withstood the effects of fire to a very high degree and maintained their structural integrity. A copy of the findings can be found here

Many studies over the past 10 years undertaken in the US and Europe have all concluded that structures built of Concrete are far more fire resistant than any other form of construction.

Wooden houses on the other hand are built of a natural source of fuel for a fire and are therefore more likely to enhance a fire and allow the fire to spread rapidly. How many times have we heard about a fire that “engulfed the house in minutes”?

CCANZ have published information about the performance of houses built of concrete with specific reference to the New Zealand Building Code. Read this information here.

The range of properties that concrete possesses  provides an impressive level of fire resistance that ultimately assists to preserves life and minimises damage.

Energy Efficient

Concrete has the unique property called thermal mass. Concrete, by its very nature, takes time to heat up and time to cool down. This means that an Admire Home will heat up during the day, keeping the inside of the house cooler; and then release this heat overnight, keeping the home warm. This has many advantages. The variations in temperature are kept smaller than in a similar house constructed in wood.

A well designed house that includes the ability to utilise heat from the sun will accentuate thermal properties of your home and make your home more energy efficient.

Your concrete home has qualities that buffers the interior of the home from the extremes of outdoor temperature during every 24 hour cycle. The density of concrete has a heat-absorbing property called Thermal Mass. Thermal Mass smooths out swings in temperature over time. It keeps the house from overheating or getting suddenly cold throughout the day. Thermal Mass allows the walls to absorb the heat during the day and release that heat during the night. It also keeps the house cool in the summer and warm in the winter resulting in year-round comfort.

concrete energy efficient

As the external temperature increases this warmth is absorbed by the concrete. This takes time and there is a delay in the heating of the concrete. This effect is beneficial as the concrete reaches maximum temperature as the outside air is cooling into the night time. The concrete then releases heat onto the home at night. The result of having this passive heating effect with an Admire home is that:

  • the swings in temperature are reduced – hence a far lower requirement for heating and cooling as the internal temperature is regulated into a smaller temperature range with less peaks and troughs. This saves on heating and cooling costs;  and
  • the time delay in the heating and cooling of the concrete ensures that the home is heated when it requires it at night and the heating effect of the sun is minimised in the afternoon and the heat is diverted into heating the concrete.

Admire Homes utilise a layer of polystyrene to act as a thermal insulator between the two solid slabs of concrete on the external walls. Admire Homes are thermal rated at twice that required by the building code.

Concrete is a naturally dense substance, and therefore is impermeable to air leaks. Air leaks are a major source of heat loss. Admire Homes are constructed in one solid pour of concrete and therefore it is solid, water tight and air tight. As a comparison, a conventional timber-framed wall is an assembly of components – wood, linings (such as Gib board), insulation and bracing. Where these different elements meet presents a potential air and water leak. If air leaks through the house the resultant increase in energy required to maintain the temperature climbs considerably.

Allowing the natural heating and cooling effect of Concrete will reduce the energy, and therefore expense required to heat and cool your home. This is just another reason why building in Concrete is a better and more cost effective option.

CCANZ have done extensive research on the thermal properties of concrete in the New Zealand environment. Click here to view their findings.

Brute Strength, Durability and Beauty

The life-span of a concrete home is significantly longer than one built in conventional materials. Concrete construction has been used extensively as a building material for thousands of years and outlasts all other building materials and technology. Typically a home constructed of Concrete will last 200 – 300 years. Concrete offers true value if investing in your future is important to you.

The Concrete walls are made of solid concrete, and therefore are highly resistant to any damage that you would normally expect in a house constructed using materials such as Gib board.

Faced with the potential fury of nature, few building materials can match this robust, durable substance.

Lower Maintenance

There are a large variety of finishes available with an Admire Home. Admire Homes concrete walls need only minimal maintenance. An occasional high-pressure wash-down is all that is required to keep the finish looking good. Comparatively, material such as masonry and brick which is porous, requires sealing and needs re-applying of mortar over cracked or failed areas.

Do you enjoy Peace and Quiet?

Noise control in buildings is a significant factor in creating a relaxing, enjoyable and private environment. A solid concrete home is a quiet home, on average around 60% quieter. Because concrete is an inherently dense product, it naturally limits the conductivity of sound and is a natural sound barrier, particularly in the lower frequency range. The unique qualities of the Admire Homes Concrete construction method significantly reduces sound transmission between rooms and noise penetration from external sources.

Advances in entertainment technology (i.e. home theatres) and increased requirements by homeowners for enhanced privacy in their day-to-day living make Concrete the ideal building material for modern homes.

The quiet comfort of concrete makes a concrete home a solid investment in lifestyle especially if your home is being built in a high density area where noise pollution from neighbours is predominant.

CCANZ recently conducted a project designed to look into the effect of Concrete construction in a residential environment. It concluded that “Concrete has the potential to provide demonstrably better sound insulation in medium and high density dwellings, particularly for low frequency sound”. More information about this project is available from CCANZ  here. The full report is available here.

Locally Produced

All our concrete is supplied using the natural resources found locally.

Admire Homes is supplied exclusively by Firth Concrete. Firth has committed significant resources to developing a special concrete that is suitable of New Zealand conditions and solid concrete homes.

Faster Building Process

Using the Admire Homes process and technology, the time for erecting a house, from a section of bare land to moving is dramatically reduced.

This has many benefits including saving money by having less time to fund the build process and therefore less interest costs, you can move into your home earlier than is normally expected in New Zealand and therefore settle earlier on a house you may have sold, or pay less rent in your temporary accommodation.

Economic, Social and Environmental Sustainability

To quote from the information released by Concrete Joint Sustainability Initiative:

“The importance of sustainable development is currently dominating headlines, and as a concept is frequently defined as the practice of meeting present needs without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs.

The quest for sustainability has been compared with New Zealand’s nuclear free stance in the 1980s, and politicians have been enthusiastically pledging their support to make New Zealand the ‘first nation to be truly sustainable”.

There is no question that sustainable development has been adopted as the philosophy to direct New Zealand’s way forward,and as a means to find solutions that provide the best economic, social and environmental outcomes.

Produced from readily available raw materials, concrete’s strength, durability and versatility ensure it provides solutions for the built environment that help achieve sustainable development.”

Read more about the sustainability of concrete by clicking here, or view the information on concrete sustainability in New Zealand from CCANZ here.

More information on the Concrete Joint Sustainability Initiative can be found here

Click here to download a copy of “Coming Home to Concrete.” This booklet from CCANZ  provides further information about building in concrete in New Zealand.

CCANZ have also published a book titled Designing Comfortable Homes that looks at various design aspects when designing home constructed of concrete in New Zealand. A free copy is available for you to download here.

Concrete is the product of choice when it comes to building a stronger, safer and more secure home for you and your family.

No other building material comes close to concrete for ease of construction, longevity and reliability.