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How Do Resilient Mounts Aid in Soundproofing?

Resilient mounts, also known as sound isolation clips, are used as a way of disconnecting the wall system in acoustic wall and ceiling assemblies to provide noise reduction.

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24 June 2019
24 June 2019

Lighting and Installation Considerations for a Quality Plasterboard Finish

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How to minimise imperfections in plasterboard walls and ceilings with well-considered design, installation and lighting.

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24 June 2019

Conflicting Seismic and Passive Fire Requirements for Service Penetrations


A collaborative approach is needed to resolve conflicts between fire protection and seismic movement requirements for service penetrations passing through fire-rated walls.

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24 June 2019

The Insulating Effect of the Humble Curtain Revisited

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The results of a simple experiment to demonstrate the value of well-fitted curtains.

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23 May 2019

Below-Ground Structural Design for Tanking

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Continuing from my previous blog and the question of design, I look at considerations for ensuring an effective waterproofing solution. 

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23 May 2019

BIM Best Practice for NZ

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The newly released Third Edition of the NZ BIM Handbook explains the benefits of BIM and best practice approach across the full asset lifecycle.

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21 May 2019

Detailed Design of Passive Fire Penetration Seals


Lessons from the design of service penetrations through fire rated walls and floors on a recent high-density residential project. 

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26 April 2019

How Can We Design and Build More Resilient Buildings?

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A truly resilient building needs to continue to provide core services in the event of a prolonged emergency or natural disaster. Domestic hot water is one of these services. 

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19 April 2019

ANZ Bank Incentivises Homestar Ratings

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As an incentive to sustainable housing, in mid-April the ANZ Bank announced that it is offering reductions to some of its interest rates and fees, subject to particular conditions, if the property being financed has a minimum Homestar rating of 6 stars.

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18 April 2019

MBIE Opens Consultation on Building Sector Reforms

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The consultation is on proposals to improve the regulation of building products and methods, strengthen occupational regulation, look at how risk and liability are managed, reduce the building levy, and strengthen penalties for those who don’t comply with the law.

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21 March 2019

Is it Time to Start Thinking About Sustainable Suburbs?

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It is coming to be accepted that there is a personal and, to a lesser extent, a national benefit in having energy generation and water collection within the family home, but the conversation has not yet extended to applying this thinking to a co-operative community setting.

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