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26 September 2016
 

Airtightness and Moisture Management

by Thomas van Raamsdonk

The Building Envelope: Protection for the Living Environment 


Understanding insulation, warmth and moisture transport is key to building durable and healthy homes.

22 September 2016
 

Clay Block Technology

by Chris MacPherson

H1 and Thermal Mass with Clay Construction Blocks

Insulating walls have the capacity to add thermal gain, adding significant heating and cooling capacity at no extra cost.

21 September 2016
 

Office Ceilings and Partitions

by Glenn Thomsen

Unique Ceiling Solutions for Specialised Environments

Aluminium suspension grid systems prove useful in environments with unique requirements such as hospital MRI rooms.

20 September 2016
 

Prefabrication

by Pamela Bell

The Growth of Innovative Engineered Timber Design

The most remarkable architectural legacy of the Canterbury earthquakes is the design community's realisation that engineered timber is a key material for innovative New Zealand buildings.

19 August 2016
 

Clay Block Technology

by Chris MacPherson

Meeting B1 Structure with Porotherm Clay Blocks

The structural integrity of Porotherm confined masonry walls meets clause B1 of the NZBC and has been further demonstrated through European standards for earthquake resistance.

19 August 2016
 

Office Ceilings and Partitions

by Glenn Thomsen

Partition Bracing Simplified

Following changes to the installation requirements for internal partitions and sliding door systems, TRACKLOK has worked on simplifying the partition bracing process.

18 August 2016
 

Membrane Roofing

by Shane Clarke

Using PIR Board for High Performance Insulation

PIR insulation board is a multi-functional product that can be effectively installed in various areas of a build for high performance insulation.

18 August 2016
 

Prefabrication

by Pamela Bell

What Will Make You Change to Bigger Building Chunks?

Future design and construction businesses will be influenced by disruptive business models, such as mass customisation, but with everyone quite comfortable with the status quo, an extremely compelling argument must be offered in order to change.

18 August 2016
 

Maximising Thermal Efficiency

by Keith Huntington

Do Internal Walls Need Insulation?

The New Zealand Building Code clause H1 (Energy Efficiency) requires minimum levels of insulation only to the exterior of the inhabited areas of a house. Is this enough?

18 August 2016
 

Acoustic Design

by Jonathan Mountfort

Acoustics: Adding Positive Sound to the Dining Experience

Because communication is one of the first experiences that take place in a restaurant, acoustics should also be one of the first considerations of function when designing the interior of a hospitality space.

21 July 2016
 

Prefabrication

by Pamela Bell

What Do We Need to Get Centrally Procured Housing Right?

A clear scope, well designed masterplan, building consent cohesion and coordinated infrastructure delivery are all needed to ensure that the government's latest housing plan succeeds.

21 July 2016
 

Membrane Roofing

by Shane Clarke

Do Membrane Roofs Need Ventilation?

While ventilation helps prevent unwanted humidity in the roof space, a comprehensive warm roof system can provide a more complete solution.

21 July 2016
 

Airtightness and Moisture Management

by Thomas van Raamsdonk

Airtightness Under Pressure on The Block NZ

The challenge of creating airtightness for the high-speed, high-pressure renovations on TV3's The Block was given to us by Context Architects Ltd.

20 July 2016
 

Acoustic Design

by Jonathan Mountfort

Acoustic Inspiration from the Arts for Commercial Office Spaces

Buildings such as concert halls demonstrate how by using the shape of a space, you can start to control the acoustics well before the acoustic treatments have been applied.

20 July 2016
 

Clay Block Technology

by Chris MacPherson

Earthquake-Resistant Construction with Porotherm Clay Block

In order to meet higher seismic requirements, a new block was developed by Wienerberger to be used in very high seismic zones in Europe.

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