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Detailed is a community of blogs for architects and specifiers, offering design solutions, technical advice, custom specifications, practice advice and inspiration. Each blog is fronted by a niche industry expert.

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24 July 2017
 

Sustainable Living

by Jerome Partington

Problem or Potential? Evolving NZ Design for a Thriving Future

Creating living buildings opens up conversations about design, sustainability and regeneration of natural resources.

20 July 2017
 

Airtightness and Moisture Management

by Jon Davies

Improving Thermal Performance with Triple Connected Windows

How to ensure standard thermally-broken windows are positioned to succeed.

18 July 2017
 

Steel Systems for Framing and Architectural Finishings

by Sam McKechnie

Achieving Clean Flush Lines around Windows and Doors

While traditional architraves cover the gap between the window frame and the plaster, newer steel systems blend the plasterboard into the window sill, leaving a seamless finish that won't crack or deform over time.

18 July 2017
 

Acoustic Design

by Jonathan Mountfort

Synaesthesia: How Different Pitched Sounds Can Affect Taste

Recent studies have shown that what we hear while eating can affect what we taste. Could sound be the next bastion of food presentation?

12 July 2017
 

Passive Fire Protection

by Malcolm Christie

Planning for Passive Fire Protection in Pre-Cast Concrete Walls

By making provisions for passive fire penetrations in pre-cast concrete slabs, you can save on costly concrete drilling and reworks; economies of scale make it a 'no-brainer'. 

22 June 2017
 

Building Industry Insight

by Matthew Duder

New Fire Rating Requirement for Exterior Claddings on Buildings Over 7m High

Do you know that the 31st of May 2017 marked the beginning of fire rating for exterior cladding over 7m in height?

22 June 2017
 

Passive Fire Protection

by Malcolm Christie

Building Cladding Systems and Passive Fire Protection

The timing of passive fire protection installation is critical, and when overlooked or left to the 11th hour, it can cause delays and have a knock-on effect on other trades.

22 June 2017
 

Airtightness and Moisture Management

by Jon Davies

Enclosing Insulation in Skillion Roofs

Full insulation performance can be achieved even when the 25mm air gap is eliminated.

08 June 2017
 

Building Industry Insight

by Matthew Duder

Have Your Say on Fire Safety Regulations

MBIE is seeking industry feedback on the current fire safety regulations for New Zealand buildings, up until the 14th of July 2017.

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 Jon Davies

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.

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