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2022 Construction Industry Confidence Report

Building sector confidence plummets to new lows — 91% of builders say there is not enough qualified staff to meet demand. 

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1 August 2022
25 July 2022

Above Sheathing Ventilation, Part 3: Fighting the Sun

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Harsh summer conditions expose roofs to severe solar radiation and add uncomfortable heat loads to our buildings. But the air movement induced by ASV can work to keep our buildings cool, no matter the cladding type or material colour.

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25 July 2022

Passive Fire Protection for Floor Penetrations in Multi-Unit Developments

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Selecting the correct floor waste system can save time and materials by simplifying the passive fire protection of each penetration in your projects.

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25 July 2022

Encapsulation of Mass Timber with Intumescent Coatings Part 3: The Whole is More Than the Sum of its Parts

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We finish our three part series by showcasing how encapsulating mass timber elements with an intumescent protective coating provides a passive fire solution that is holistic and truly compliant.

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27 June 2022

Designing Medium Density Facades That are Practical as Well as Pretty

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A look at some of the key issues residents face with poorly designed facades and how they can be designed with both livability and aesthetics in mind. 

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27 June 2022

NZ Building Code: Clause H1 (Energy Efficiency) 5th Edition

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At present MBIE is considering extending the transition period for the implementation of the insulation requirements of the 5th Edition of NZBC clause H1 (Energy Efficiency) so as to allow industry more time to ready the supply chain. Perhaps this time could also be productively used to re-visit the Acceptable Solution minimum construction R-values requirements for the perimeter of roofs to consider if they make sense when the principles of heat transfer are applied.

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27 June 2022

Above Sheathing Ventilation, Part 2: The Blue Planet

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A look at the impact of water from the outside, the inside and within our buildings, and how above sheathing ventilation can keep the structure dry using proven building physics.

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27 June 2022

Level Threshold and Dealing with Building Line Details

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Meeting the requirements of chapter 7.3.2.1 of E2/AS1 in regard to level threshold is getting easier with the rise of perimeter drains as an off the shelf answer to this detail. The new solution we look for is how you deal with steps in the building line, and how, as an architect, you can detail and select a system that will meet the aesthetic and accessibility requirements of this situation.

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27 June 2022

Encapsulation of Mass Timber Structures with Intumescent Coatings Part 2: Complexity of Smart Fire Solutions

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In this article we explore the complexities of passive fire safety in hybrid mass timber buildings and how a focus on encapsulating a combustible substrate early on in the build process is crucial to the overall safety.

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27 June 2022

Firestopping and Movement

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In the event of a seismic event, will the specified passive fire treatment need to remain in place ready to work in the event of a fire? Or is the treatment designed to be repaired if it has cracked or moved in the event of a seismic event?

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30 May 2022

Above Sheathing Ventilation Part 1: Rise of the Cavity

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An introduction to Above Sheathing Ventilation (ASV) and some of the issues it helps to resolve. 

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