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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.

23 June 2016
 

Acoustic Design

by Jonathan Mountfort

The Effects of Positive and Negative Sound

Ensuring effective sound transfer measures are in place is a crucial first step to blocking out external 'noise' that could have damaging consequences.

22 June 2016
 

Clay Block Technology

by Chris MacPherson

Using Computational Analysis of Thermal Performance for Passive Solar House Criteria

Dynamic simulation software for Passive Solar systems and building energy optimisation show that the e4 Blockhouse NZ easily reaches Passive Solar House criteria for the NZ built environment.

26 May 2016
 

Membrane Roofing

by Shane Clarke

Take E2 Compliance Seriously

CodeMark certification is a way of strongly demonstrating a product's compliance with E2.

26 May 2016
 

Paint and Coatings

by Heather Goode

How Harmful are the Chemicals in Paint?

The Environmental Choice labelling scheme is an easy and reliable way to be assured that a specified product meets a number of tough environmental and health considerations.

26 May 2016
 

Prefabrication

by Pamela Bell

Global Connections and NZ's Housing Crisis Put into Perspective

Looking around the Asia Pacific region we can see examples of how growing cities, like Auckland, need better infrastructure and more vertical building forms.

25 May 2016
 

Clay Block Technology

by Chris MacPherson

The Acoustic Insulation Benefits of Perforated Clay Blocks

Porotherm Clay Blocks are specifically designed and manufactured to attain high thermal and acoustic performance.

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