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Considering Thermal Insulation for Concrete Block Walls

Because of their high thermal mass, the thermal insulation of concrete and concrete block walls in dwellings needs to be treated quite differently to those with lightweight framed or panel walls.

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22 March 2021
22 March 2021

Good Product Information is Key to Helping Make the Consenting System Work Better

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When creating product documentation, it is useful for product suppliers to think not only about getting the product specified, but also helping the design team in achieving building consent. 

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22 March 2021

Determining the Best Coating Method for Timber Decking

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It can be difficult to give coating advice on new products arriving into NZ's climate — here's a look at how strandwoven bamboo decking is made and some of the challenges of the coating process. 

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22 March 2021

Intumescent Paint for Plasterboard Part 3 of 3: Offering a Sound Solution to Our Passive Fire Problem

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After thoroughly investigating the challenges of upgrading fire-separating elements we want to finish this series off by demonstrating how a tested and endorsed intumescent coating system embedded in an integrated approach is able to deliver a compliant, cost-effective, minimal waste solution.

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22 February 2021

Designing Residential External Surface Drainage Systems in Compliance with E1/AS1 and E2/AS2

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A short guide to designing an external surface water drainage system that protects dwellings from moisture while maintaining visual consistency and high performance.

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22 February 2021

Hot Water: Gas or Electricity

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The recently released Climate Change Commission’s draft report for public consultation speaks of the need to reduce the domestic use of natural gas and LPG. This, and the inevitable depletion of the resource, will need to influence the way we design the water heating systems for our dwellings.

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22 February 2021

Membrane Technology: Knowing Your Options

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Recently, flat roof systems and product technology have grown more complex, with options such as reinforced modified bitumen and TPO membranes providing different performance benefits. 

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22 February 2021

More to the Grenfell Towers Fire Than the Headlines: Lessons for Us All

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The public enquiry into the Grenfell Fire should become a key education resource for the industry, reminding us that recognising and managing project risk is a role we all share. 

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22 February 2021

Constructing School Roofs the Right Way

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The Ministry of Education's updated guidelines on Weathertightness Design Requirements for New School Buildings outline new changes in the design philosophy of school roofs set well above NZBC Acceptable Solutions. 

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22 February 2021

Intumescent Paint for Plasterboard Part 2 of 3: Defining the Problem in More Depth

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In the first part of our series, we identified that fire-separating elements are often not installed in accordance with the manufacturer’s instructions and therefore non-compliant. In this part we want to show that the issue we are facing is multi-levelled and encompasses much more than the structural problem that presents on the surface.

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08 February 2021

Creating the Charred Timber Look

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A look at how charred timber aesthetics have been created over time. 

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