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24 March 2017
 

Airtightness and Moisture Management

by Thomas van Raamsdonk

What's the Use of Blower Door Testing?

How can we judge a building's performance when all testing methods have limitations?

23 March 2017
 

Maximising Thermal Efficiency

by Keith Huntington

Selecting Home Heating Systems that Meet Occupant Liveability Requirements

Heating a house is not as simple as just fitting a heat pump to a convenient wall. The most important first step is to develop a heating and cooling Performance Brief for the residence.

23 March 2017
 

Membrane Roofing

by Shane Clarke

Understanding Green Roofs

Green roofs or living roofs are an obvious, visible and celebrated device in sustainable design. They offer both ecological advantages and some design challenges.

23 March 2017
 

Clay Block Technology

by Chris MacPherson

A Rigorous Peer Review of Porotherm's Clay Block Construction for NZ Seismic Conditions

Structural engineer Dr Jason Ingham compares Eurocodes 6 and 8 with the limit loading criteria in the New Zealand Building Code.

24 February 2017
 

Membrane Roofing

by Shane Clarke

Waterproofing: Is Single or Double Layer Membrane Best?

The peace of mind and long-term savings gained from selecting a more reliable membrane system is often underestimated.

24 February 2017
 

Maximising Thermal Efficiency

by Keith Huntington

New Amendment to NZBC H1 Energy Efficiency

A new edition (Fourth) of the New Zealand Building Code Clause H1 (Energy Efficiency) has been published. It became effective on 1st January 2017.

24 February 2017
 

Commercial Bathrooms

by Mark Cronin

Overcoming Partition Construction and Privacy Issues in Unisex Bathrooms

With the increased demand and necessity of unisex toilet cubicles in the commercial and education sectors, the need for a resolution for the issue of privacy has been raised by many designers.

24 February 2017
 

Bathroomware, Taps and Mixers

by Stephan Marshall

The Durability of Bronze Finishes on Tapware

The arrival on the market of bronze coloured tapware and fittings has raised questions on how it is produced and how long it will last.

24 February 2017
 

Office Ceilings and Partitions

by Glenn Thomsen

Selecting the Right Metal Ceiling System for Your Building

A look into the key considerations — including acoustics, perforations and aesthetics — for choosing an effective metal ceiling system.

24 February 2017
 

Airtightness and Moisture Management

by Thomas van Raamsdonk

Windows and the Fingerprint of Continuous Layers

The performance of windows can be greatly improved by ensuring insulation, weathertightness and airtightness layers connect.

24 February 2017
 

Clay Block Technology

by Chris MacPherson

Declare: Increasing Transparency for Healthier, Safer Buildings

Declare accreditation for Porotherm confirms that it is a 100% natural and sustainable product, suitable for NZ's built environment.

24 February 2017
 

Acoustic Design

by Jonathan Mountfort

Acoustics in the Glass Office

Glass office designs offer a vast spacious appeal, though challenge the design team acoustically. Two approaches are suggested to complement the design aesthetic whilst creating a great sound space.

25 November 2016
 

Sanitary and Stormwater Systems

by Steve Skidmore

The Benefits of a Siphonic Drainage System

What are the options for efficient and effective drainage for your next flat roof project? 

25 November 2016
 

Prefabrication

by Pamela Bell

Building Ourselves Out of the Global Affordable Housing Crisis

As populations grow, could adopting modern construction methods and technologies like offsite construction be the key to responding to the global housing challenge?

24 November 2016
 

Building Industry Insight

by Matthew Duder

BIM Use Continues to Increase in NZ - BIM Survey 2016 Results Revealed

EBOSS and the BIM Acceleration Committee are pleased to announce the findings from the third survey of our five-year programme that follows the progress of the adoption of Building Information Modelling (BIM) into New Zealand.

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