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26 April 2016
 

Maximising Thermal Efficiency

by Keith Huntington

How Can 'Network Energy' Heated Concrete Floors Be insulated?

When the thermal mass of a concrete floor is being used to assist with the heating (or cooling) of a house, in my opinion there are two distinct approaches to designing the insulation of the slab.

19 April 2016
 

Airtightness and Moisture Management

by Thomas van Raamsdonk

Building with an Internal Service Cavity

An internal service cavity solves the common problem of sub-trades pulling out insulation to make space for their work and offers several benefits which outweigh the initial cost of material and labour.

18 April 2016
 

Prefabrication

by Pamela Bell

Prefabrication of Large-Scale Timber Buildings

Large-scale can mean either a few large buildings, or several medium ones, or many small buildings — all apply to prefabrication in New Zealand, as was discussed at the PrefabNZ CoLab recently.

21 April 2016
 

Paint and Coatings

by Heather Goode

The Effect of Light Sources on Colour Perception

Metamerism describes how colours can look different under different light sources and is an important factor to consider when choosing a paint colour.

21 March 2016
 

Airtightness and Moisture Management

by Thomas van Raamsdonk

Moisture Management and Comfort

Successfully managing moisture should not have to come at the expense of comfort.

18 March 2016
 

Clay Block Technology

by Chris MacPherson

Moisture Management by Hydrometric Regulation

Porotherm naturally regulates internal humidity levels.

15 March 2016
 

Acoustic Design

by Jonathan Mountfort

Designing Offices for Personal Work

A focus zone requires a quiet, naturally lit, temperate environment that has minimal distraction and is protected from noise generators.

20 March 2016
 

Prefabrication

by Pamela Bell

Precision German House Manufacturing in NZ

Could the Christchurch Concision factory's precision house manufacturing be a possible key to unlocking the affordable housing crisis?

14 March 2016
 

Paint and Coatings

by Heather Goode

Matching and Recreating Original Colour Schemes

Recreating colours from old, faded and repainted buildings can be a challenge — particularly when faded photographs and paint are the only clues available to designers. 

16 February 2016
 

Prefabrication

by Pamela Bell

Wellington Architecture Studio Wins PrefabNZ's UniPod Competition

First Light Studio have been commended for their 'innovative and intensive' universally accessible bathroom pod, designed specifically for multi-unit residential applications.

18 February 2016
 

Acoustic Design

by Jonathan Mountfort

Designing for Acoustic Control in a Modern Office

The best offices are laid out with people in mind, so it's important to design a space conducive to staff members' various roles and the activities they undertake within different zones.

15 February 2016
 

Airtightness and Moisture Management

by Thomas van Raamsdonk

Compatibility and Adhesion of Wet Seals and Sill Tapes

To help deal with the issue of sealants not bonding to substrates, pro clima will be offering a foil tape for window and door openings. 

17 February 2016
 

Paint and Coatings

by Heather Goode

Asbestos Management: New Responsibilities for Property Owners

At a recent Paint Manufacturer’s Association meeting we had some information presented on changes to how asbestos removal will be managed from April 2016.

29 January 2016
 

Building Industry Insight

by Matthew Duder

Councils Consent $16.4 Billion of New Construction in 2015

An overview of the December Building Consents announcement from Statistics NZ for the 12 months to 31 December.

21 January 2016
 

Clay Block Technology

by Chris MacPherson

Efficiency of Block Laying: Porotherm Clay vs. Concrete

With fewer blocks per square metre and less mortar required, Porotherm clay blocks prove to be a fast and economic construction option.

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