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18 May 2017
 

Membrane Roofing

by Shane Clarke

Maximising Thermal Performance in Roofs

Traditional 'cold-roof' construction of flat roofs in New Zealand is being challenged by the thermal and performance benefits of warm roof systems.

18 May 2017
 

Maximising Thermal Efficiency

by Keith Huntington

Eco Design Advisors Conference

There are city councils in New Zealand which offer their citizens and local designers free advice on how to improve the quality and comfort of both new and existing homes.

18 May 2017
 

Airtightness and Moisture Management

by Thomas van Raamsdonk

Airtightness: Friend or Foe?

It's time to realise that lack of ventilation, not airtightness, is the new enemy.

18 May 2017
 

Acoustic Design

by Jonathan Mountfort

Acoustic Utopia

What if our built environment were defined by what we would like to hear? What would it look like and how different would it be from what it is now? One can only imagine, and to each of us the result will differ.

18 May 2017
 

Passive Fire Protection

by Malcolm Christie

Mass Cable Passive Fire Solution for Data Centres

The incorporation of the cable-transits in the design of a firewall can allow for existing cables to penetrate the wall in a compliant manner, while also providing spare capacity for future cables to be passed through.

18 May 2017
 

Commercial Bathrooms

by Mark Cronin

Alternative Seating Solutions for Changing Rooms and Accessible Showers

The longevity and hygiene of changing room seating can be maximised by specifying low-maintenance seating materials with antimicrobial protection.

17 May 2017
 

Clay Block Technology

by Chris MacPherson

Designing Intelligent Buildings

Smart materials and systems that create high thermal, acoustic and ventilation performance are key to intelligent building design.

17 May 2017
 

Hardware

by Karl Hitchens

Door Control for Aluminium Partitions in Heavy Use Areas

Due to the depth of the glazing pocket in the profile, some standard 100mm partition suites do not accommodate a 60mm backset mortice lock, meaning more limited door furniture options.

20 April 2017
 

Tiling, Flooring and Interior Waterproofing

by Johan Du Plessis

Not All Undertile Liquid Membranes are Made the Same

When selecting a ceramic tile adhesive or smoothing cement to use over a waterproof membrane, it is important to consider both the type of membrane and its adhesive characteristics.

20 April 2017
 

Hardware

by Karl Hitchens

Design of High Use Access Control Fire Rated Doors

For access control doors, the NZBC and NZS 4520 stipulate that doors have to be free at all times. I recommend a 'good, better, best' approach to specifying safe, compliant hardware.

19 April 2017
 

Maximising Thermal Efficiency

by Keith Huntington

Thermal Performance Aspects of Low-Rise Apartment Design

Ensuring that medium-density low-rise apartment complexes comply with NZBC-H1 (Energy Efficiency) is more involved than for stand-alone dwellings.

18 April 2017
 

Acoustic Design

by Jonathan Mountfort

Incorporating Acoustic Functionality into Design

A building designed with sound in mind is a building for the good of the people. Consideration of the acoustic climate must be in line with the space's intended use.

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.

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