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Achieving Winter Warmth in New Zealand Homes

Common themes with comfortable high performance houses are insulation, airtightness, ventilation and heating. 

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19 July 2018
19 July 2018

Can BCAs Decline a Tested Penetration Seal?

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Any and all tested penetration seals, installed in accordance with the manufacturers specifications or AS 4072.1, “cannot – not be accepted as being compliant” with the NZBC.

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19 July 2018

Backfilling Bentonite Membranes

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This month I look at the provision of containment pressure to maintain the effectiveness of bentonite tanking membranes under both static and seismic conditions. 

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21 June 2018

Water Resistant vs. Watertight

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Protecting structure from moisture before, during and after construction is a code minimum requirement of B2 durability.

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21 June 2018

Time to Talk Tanking in the Wet

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Mitigating the risk of over-hydration is key to the success of a bentonite membrane — especially in wet conditions. 

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21 June 2018

Can Thermal Performance Be Measured Objectively?

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The thermal performance of a house is determined by the complex interaction of a variety of major influences. With higher performance being desired, and demanded, it becomes more important that an objective measure is used for an assessment to be meaningful.

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21 June 2018

Designing with Cross and Glue Laminated Timber Construction

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It’s fast, cost-effective, sustainable and beautiful... so where are all the timber buildings? 

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21 June 2018

Preventing Roof Leaks On Flat Roofs

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The best way to prevent roof leaks in the wetter seasons is to be proactive with roof maintenance in the months before the winter period.

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21 June 2018

Passive Fire: Where Does Design and Specification Responsibility Lie?

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Designers, project managers, installers and building consent officials exercising duty of care responsibilities would positively contribute to raising the bar on all passive fire protection installations in NZ.

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21 June 2018

Finance Options for Prefab Home Buyers

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PrefabNZ is working with several primary banks and other secondary lenders to bring more finance options to market to enable prefabricated housing systems to be more accessible for first-home buyers.

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16 May 2018

How Can KiwiBuild Be a Success?

Detailed blog post Pamela Bell

Six key points that the KiwiBuild housing scheme must incorporate for history-making success.

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