Blog Directory

Interior, Finish and Services



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.



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.


Commercial Bathrooms

by Steven Hale

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


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.


Acoustic Design

by Jonathan Mountfort

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


Soft Floorings

by Rochelle Flint

Rochelle Flint is the Group Product and Innovation Manager at Cavalier Bremworth and Norman Ellison Carpets. Rochelle has a strong background in flooring and leads a product development team in creating new carpets, colours and designs.


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.


Commercial Interiors

by John Kitchen

A 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 and External



by Singh Kamboj

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


Insulation, Underlays and Foils

by Vanessa Lanegra

Vanessa Lanegra is the Technical Specialist at Tasman Insulation.



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.


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 New Zealand.


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.


Translucent Roofing

by Alisa Bennett

Alisa is the National Specification Manager at PSP Limited.


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.


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.


Clay Block Technology

by Chris MacPherson

Chris is a licensed building practitioner in architectural design at MacPherson Architecture Ltd. He's also a landscape architect, with over 25 years industry experience in both disciplines. This blog represents his recent work designing in clay masonry construction.

Design Advice


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.


Truss Design

by Kurt van Leeuwen

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



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.


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 and Industry


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.


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.


Building Compliance Management

by Kevin Brunton

Kevin Brunton is one half of the Building Business. He and co-director Louise Swann have earned a national reputation for their expertise in helping companies to use all available tools to effectively manage both risk and the burden of compliance.


Surface Linings and Fire Ratings

by Per Olsson

With over 20 years experience as a practising Fire Engineer, Per Olsson has a strong international industry reputation and a wealth of qualifications and technical skills in all aspects of fire dynamics, heat transfer, egress modelling and human behaviour in fire.