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Celcrete helps family get Fair Go

Media Release: Celcrete Hawke’s Bay Ltd
5 December 2008

Celcrete helps family get Fair Go

A consumer watchdog show and an internationally respected concrete cladding company have combined forces to help a family rescue their dream home from an eight-year construction nightmare.

New Zealand’s perennial favourite television show Fair Go, broadcast live from Barry and Debbie Williams’ Notown house on the West Coast of the South Island to reveal the transformation from building site to stunning family home.

The Williams’ dream home project has been dogged with problems since construction started in 2000, with so many building faults, the biggest being the leaking cladding, they couldn’t be issued with a code of compliance.

Despite eight years of legal battles and being $50,000 out of pocket, the family continued to fight the builder and in the end decided to talk to Fair Go.

The story was first aired in September and what followed was “astonishing” according to the show’s host Kevin Milne, with more than 20 tradespeople offering their services free of charge to fix the home.

One of the companies to come to the rescue was international cladding company Celcrete, which is available locally through Celcrete Hawke’s Bay Ltd.

Celcrete completely re-clad the Williams’ house, a process that involved stripping off the existing exterior polystyrene cladding back to the framing, including the removal of all the windows.

For Celcrete Hawke’s Bay Ltd owners Robin Oliver and Martin Walker, the Fair Go programme illustrated the exact reason why they brought their respected masonry product and system to the region six years ago.

“Unfortunately building nightmares are not uncommon, and the kinds of problems this poor family faced were the catalyst for us to bring Celcrete here. It’s such a robust product and simple system with excellent heat retention, sound and fire rating so it was the perfect solution to a very big problem,” says Robin.

“With so many concerns about leaky homes we wanted to be able to provide Hawke’s Bay people with a cladding solution they could trust.”
Manufactured from sand, lime and cement, Celcrete is a solid, inert masonry building material that weighs about one-quarter the weight of standard concrete and can be cut, drilled, channeled and shaped on site using conventional hand or power tools.
“Celcrete is an ideal building material for all kinds of New Zealand conditions, from the cooler climates of the South Island to the heat of sun-drenched Hawke’s Bay.”


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