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How to Keep Projects Moving Despite Plasterboard Shortages

Plasterboard is typically required on site before plumbers, electricians, fire and HVAC contractors can begin to carry out their works, so what happens when you don’t have the plasterboard?

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26 April 2022
26 April 2022

From White Picket Fences to Medium Density Housing

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As New Zealand finally embraces medium density housing, it's time to resolve key issues, design well, and build better. 

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26 April 2022

Drainage in Podium Areas and What’s Happening Below

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When looking across a paved area toward a drain it seems like a simple equation that surface water will be directed across this plane, through the channel and then be moved away to the stormwater. In fact, if this is a podium area or suspended slab with a habitable or dry space below, there is a lot more to consider.

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26 April 2022

Thermoplastic Elastomer Ether Esters: What are They, and How Do They Work?

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TEEE membranes actively transport water vapour through molecular diffusion across the thickness of the TEEE film.

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20 April 2022

Will New Zealand’s Energy Supplies Need to Go Nuclear?

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Aside from the, (continually and largely ignored), urgent warnings from climate scientists, the current rapid and dramatic changing political upheaval in Europe has caused society to finally face the reality of, and need for, swift and fundamental changes to the usage, sources and security of its existing energy supplies.

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28 March 2022

Don’t Look Back in Anger

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New Zealand cities, especially Auckland, have traditionally been very low density, but it is now time to stop the sprawl.

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28 March 2022

Proper Planning Prevents Poor Performance

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When treating service penetrations, the size of the aperture is an important part of firestopping and should be considered alongside the type of substrate and type of pipe or cable in order to select the best solution. 

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14 March 2022

Spare a thought for the builders… Building Material Prices Predicted to Continue Rising

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Following a 34% increase over the last 12 months, building product suppliers are estimating a further 11% increase in the price of their products over the next 6 months, according to the latest EBOSS Construction Supply Chain Update.

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21 February 2022

Are New Zealanders to Become Electricity Paupers?

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Over the past few months there have been reports of multinationals and others coming to New Zealand to set themselves up to make use of our precious supply of green electricity. Are we asleep at the wheel?

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21 February 2022

Modern Apartment Design on Fire

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Clause C of the NZBC has become extremely complex to navigate.

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21 February 2022

Designing Form and Function into Tiled Shower Channels

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The finishing touches will make the difference in modern tiled showers.

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