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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.

19 July 2016
 

Sustainable Living

by Jerome Partington

Time to Detox the Building Industry with Declare

Declare labelling provides low-cost assurance to architects and consumers that your products are healthy for the environment.

24 June 2016
 

Maximising Thermal Efficiency

by Keith Huntington

More Sophisticated Thermal Performance Ratings for Windows

The original WERS (Energy Efficiency Rating Scheme) for windows has been supplemented with WEERS — a more targeted system which considers, in more detail, the factors which influence the performance of the 'window element' of an exterior wall.

24 June 2016
 

Paint and Coatings

by Heather Goode

The Importance of Trusted Laboratory Testing

Company laboratories should be able to create reliable, accurate results, and IANZ accreditation gives customers assurance that these tests can be relied on.

23 June 2016
 

Prefabrication

by Pamela Bell

Who's Holding the Affordable Housing Chequebook?

Strong leadership, development funding and less finger-pointing are needed to solve the affordable housing issue in New Zealand.

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