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New Acoustic Requirements For The Ministry of Education’s Designing Quality Learning Spaces

An outline of the new acoustic requirements from the latest version of the Ministry of Education's Designing Quality Learning Spaces (DQLS) requirements.

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07 May 2021
27 April 2021

Product Substitution: Simple Rules to Follow to Mitigate Risk

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With supply chains affected by Covid-19 there are times substitution cannot be avoided. Here's a look at some simple rules to follow when making product substitutions to ensure problems don't arise.

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27 April 2021

Why Specify a Tile Over Shower Tray?

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Understanding the benefits of a stainless tile over tray and if it's the right solution for your project.

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27 April 2021

Reducing Dirt Pick-Up On Painted Surfaces

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A look at two major tactics for reducing dirt pick-up — making the surface either super-hydrophilic or super-hydrophobic.

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27 April 2021

Design Considerations for Dark Coloured Thermoplastic Membranes

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We recently conducted a simple experiment comparing the temperature of different coloured membranes in the Auckland sun. 

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22 March 2021

Considering Thermal Insulation for Concrete Block Walls

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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

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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