CHRISTCHURCH ARTS CENTRE INSULATION PROJECT

 

 

The Arts Centre, arguably Christchurch’s most treasured Catergory 1 heritage building, suffered extensive damage during the 2010-2011 Canterbury Earthquakes.  The seven year, $290m restoration program of the distinctive and compelling Gothic Revival building is one of the largest heritage restoration projects in the world.

 

Terra Lana is extremely proud to be the insulation of choice for such a culturally, historically and architecturally significant project where only the best will do.  To preserve the building, it is important to keep the timber as dry as possible.  This is where wool insulation has an advantage with it’s (unique?) capacity to breathe and absorb atmospheric moisture, and so minimising the likelihood of dampness.

Warren & Mahoney architect, Craig Fitzgerald had this to say “Terra Lana wool insulation fits all of the criteria required for the Arts Centre rebuild: Long lasting, high quality, natural, environmentally friendly, locally produced, and with low combustibility, the product offered flexibility and easy installation for a complex project.”

 

Terra Lana is the densest fibrous insulation commonly available in New Zealand.  We put a lot of fibre into our product to ensure it retains its shape and thickness, so that it will continue to perform for the life of the building – in this case well beyond 50 years.  We have our own installers which simplifies client relationships and optimises the cutting of product in our factory for perfectly fitted installation.


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SUPPLYING NATIONAL BUILDING MERCHANTS »3 June Terra Lana Supplies National Building MerchantsTerra Lana has confirmed it will supply 90 ITM branches with wool insulation as from 1 July 2011. This will make Terra Lana's products more accessable to 1,000s of builders nationwide. Terra Lana is already stocked by Bunnings and nationally SKU'd by PlaceMakers.FIBREGLASS SAFETY IN QUESTION »16 November 2010 Safety of fibreglass Batts in Question"As a result of the research, we decided not to use fibreglass insulation at all. There are health and safety issues for the installers and performance issues in New Zealand's humid climate. MDF and fibreglass insulation are just two of a large number of building and finishing products available and in common use in New Zealand today that contain formaldehyde and an array of other volatile organic compounds [VOCs]."Read why eco-house designer Jette de Jong of Ebode has raised safety questions about fibreglass ceiling and wall insulation in the New Zealand HeraldPRIME MINISTER VISITS TERRA LANA »2 July 2010 Canterbury Wool Insulation Company Doubles Production John Key, Gerry Brownlee and Russel Norman at the Terra Lana factory Alf Hewitt Factory Manager at Terra Lana (right), explains a sample of Terra Lana natural wool insulation to (from left) Andrew Everist, Terra Lana Director, Gerry Brownlee, Minister for Economic Development, Russell Norman, co leader Green Party, Roger Sutton, EECA chairman and Prime Minister John Key.  Christchurch based wool insulation manufacturer, Terra Lana, has just completed a new manufacturing line that will double capacity.  Largely thanks to EECA’s “Warm up New Zealand” scheme and ECAN’s “Clean Heat” programme, Terra Lana has enjoyed a significant increase in demand over the last 18 months and this has given the company the confidence to invest in a second production line. The company’s owner and Managing Director, Andrew Everist, says the two schemes have enabled the company to reach critical mass and are likely to underpin the company’s product development and expansion for the next 2-3 years. “We’d already successfully carved out a niche amongst other  insulation companies with products that are more effective, safer to handle and environmentally sustainable” says Mr Everist, “but the ECAN and EECA schemes to retrofit insulation into older homes have created such demand for our products it necessitated building a second production line to keep up.” Terra Lana was the venue yesterday for the announcement of the 50,000th household to participate in the EECA scheme. The announcement was made by the Prime Minister, John Key, and he was joined by Minister of Energy, Gerry Brownlee, the chairman of EECA board, Roger Sutton and numerous other dignitories associated with the scheme. “It was a pleasure to show them around the factory so they could see the new production line for themselves” says Mr Everist. “These clean heat and insulation schemes help provide a warmer, healthier environment for home owners but they have also been a boost for the economy. We had ten contractors involved with the refurbishment and installation of the equipment and Terra Lana has extended staff numbers from 15 to 25 to meet the demand from the programmes” he says. “Further jobs have been created downstream with scoping and installing the insulation”. Terra Lana was an initial supplier to the ECAN programme, which is generally accepted as causing a major improvement in the quality of Christchurch’s air. The ECAN programme was supported by EECA from the outset and formed the model for the subsequent national programmes culminating in EECA’s “Warm Up NZ” scheme. Terra Lana has been deeply involved throughout the evolution of these schemes, contributing to the development of systems, standards and installation methods.  Background and History. Terra Lana Products Ltd was founded in 1999 to capitalise on the work done by the Wool Research Organization of New Zealand (WRONZ, now AgResearch) to make eco-textiles and building insulation from recycled wool. From a humble beginning in Kaiapoi, Terra Lana now operates a purpose built factory at 55 Francella St, Bromley, Christchurch producing over 30 tonnes of insulation a week. The company’s products are sold throughout New Zealand and exported to Japan and the United States.

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