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A mainstay of most major building sites but not directly linked as an eco-product, concrete underwent a change for this project. A special recipe was formulated to meet the needs of the Tūhoe building that comply with the living building standards with stipulated levels of embodied energy (energy used to make the product), local sourcing and zero toxicity.

Significant amounts of concrete was used early on to embed the structural skeleton of the building to its foundation. The effect, will enhance the seismic resilience of the building should a major earthquake happen in the area.