Blog Directory

Detailed is a community of blogs for architects and specifiers, offering design solutions, technical advice, custom specifications, practice advice and inspiration.  Each blog is fronted by a niche industry expert.

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Interior, Finish + Services

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by John Eastwood

John has a background in architecture and currently leads DORMA's sales team across architectural and glass hardware, automatic doors, operable walls and service and maintenance.


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Office Ceilings and Partitions

by Glenn Thomsen

Glenn offers specialist knowledge in aluminium office partitions and suspended ceiling solutions. He works for Potter Interior Systems.

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Commercial Bathrooms

by Steven Hale

Steven works with architects and construction companies to achieve bathroom design objectives. He works for Hale Manufacturing.

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by Robert Steele

Robert provides decades of expertise in board, plasters and compounds. He is a member of the development team at Winstone Wallboards.

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Paint and Coatings

by Heather Goode

Heather holds a B.Sc. in Chemistry and is the Dulux Technical Manager. She has worked in the paint industry for over a decade.

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Wall and Ceiling Linings

by Peter Taylor

Peter works for Winstone Wallboards as Technical Support Manager. He has been in the building trade for over 35 years.

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Acoustic Design

by Jonathan Mountfort

Jonathan Mountfort is the Design Engineer at Autex Industries and has over seven years' experience in acoustic design.

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Bathroomware, Taps and Mixers

by Stephan Marshall

Stephan has a passion for high quality tapware and bathroom fittings. He shares his knowledge of aspects relating to its specification and selection. Stephan owns In Residence.

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Commercial Interiors

by John Kitchen

As member of the Forman Building Systems team for 27 years, John has a strong insight into the trends of sustainable and restorative product solutions to ensure the commercial buildings of NZ stand the test of time.

Structure, Enclosure + External

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by Singh Kamboj

Singh is a civil engineer offering experience in designing timber, steel and concrete structures. He heads James Hardie’s technical team.

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Insulation, Underlays and Foils

by Vanessa Lanegra

Vanessa Lanegra is the Technical Specialist at Tasman Insulation.

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by Allan Sage

Allan is the Technical Manager for Metro Performance Glass as well as an active representative on NZ and joint NZ/Australia glazing standards committees.

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Rainwater Systems and Wastewater Management

by Scott Townsend

Scott has experience developing new rainwater systems for several leading manufacturers. He is currently Senior Product Manager at Marley NZ Ltd.

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Airtightness and Moisture Management

by Thomas van Raamsdonk

Thomas is a German-educated engineer, a specialist in building physics, and is the General Manager for pro clima in New Zealand and Australia.

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Translucent Roofing

by Alisa Bennett

Alisa is the National Specification Manager at PSP Limited.

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Engineered Wood Products

by Simon Dorries

Simon Dorries is the General Manager of Engineered Wood Products Association of Australasia (EWPAA). EWPAA is funded by the veneer, plywood and laminated veneer lumber (LVL) and wood panel manufacturers.

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Steel Framing

by Gordon Barratt

Gordon is Chairman of the National Association of Steel-framed Housing (NASH). NASH is funded by members and sponsors including New Zealand Steel.

Design Advice

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Lifetime Design

by Geoff Penrose

Geoff has formidable experience in the international standards and certification industry. Formerly CEO of Qualmark New Zealand, Geoff is now the General Manager of Lifemark.


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Sunlight and Shading

by Gavin Barber

Gavin is an expert in sunlight access and interpretation of shading diagrams for local government. He works for Sun Study Analysis.

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Truss Design

by Kurt van Leeuwen

Kurt provides buildable truss design PS1s and general truss expertise for Buildable Layouts Ltd.

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by Pamela Bell

Pamela is an expert in the area of prefabricated building. She is CEO of PrefabNZ, a non-profit organisation promoting offsite construction.

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Maximising Thermal Efficiency

by Keith Huntington

Keith Huntington of EcoRate Ltd is a registered architect involved in passive solar design and the objective analysis of buildings using thermal simulation modelling.

Practice + Industry

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Professional Indemnity

by Harvey Kerr

Harvey Kerr is a director of Auckland Insurance (2011) Ltd, an insurance broking firm.  He is a Registered Financial Adviser with over 30 years' experience.  View Harvey's Disclosure Statement.

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Architectural Design Community

by Astrid Andersen

Astrid is General Manager of ADNZ, the professional body for architectural designers.


Sustainable Living

by Jerome Partington

Jerome is an architect, builder and educator with 20 years' experience. He is a Sustainability Manager and Senior Associate at Jasmax as well as Chair of Living Future NZ, a not-for-profit organisation. He is a recognised leader in the field of sustainable building in New Zealand. 

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Building Industry Insight

by Matthew Duder

As Managing Director of EBOSS Matthew is close to trends and developments that reveal insight into the future of the NZ building industry.

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Four Per Cent

by Simon Cator

The NZ construction industry generates four per cent of national GDP. Simon reports on the latest building statistics to reveal growth projections.