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Design Considerations for Energy-Efficient Glass

The use of energy-efficient glass delivers a more comfortable building interior and helps reduce energy costs across the service life of the building. 

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20 September 2019
26 August 2019

Sustainable Water Heating Options for Stand-Alone Houses

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A comparison of different domestic hot water options currently available in NZ for individual homes, with a focus on the key considerations of environmental sustainability, capital cost, running cost, and ease of installation and maintenance. 

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26 August 2019

Using Waterproofing Membranes as Ground Vapour Barriers

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We are often asked whether waterproofing membranes function as vapour barriers. The answer to this question is not as straightforward as with other waterproofing membranes. 

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26 August 2019

Making Data Smarter: BIM for Asset and Facilities Management

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How capturing data through BIM has helped Wellington City Council cost-effectively identify and schedule maintenance work required on its social housing portfolio to extend the life of the assets.

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26 August 2019

Fixing Plasterboard to Steel Framing

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A look at the challenges and appropriate fasteners to use when fixing plasterboard to light and heavy gauge steel framing. 

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26 August 2019

Holistic Approach Key to the Energy Efficiency of Building Products

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There are many products in the market each promoting their individual thermal performance, but when incorporated into a building the actual ‘real-life,’ performance becomes dependent upon the interaction of all the materials and products used in the construction.

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22 July 2019

Homestar Ratings: Moving Beyond 6 Stars

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While in the normal course of events, most newly constructed homes in an urban setting can achieve a 6 Homestar rating, if there is an aspiration for higher ratings, then there is value in looking at where points can be gained at an early stage in the design process. 

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22 July 2019

Sustainable Water Heating Options for Townhouses and Apartments

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What sustainable options are available for providing hot water to townhouses and apartments in 2019? 

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22 July 2019

Soundproofing Techniques: Which Method is Right for Your Project?

Resilmount M237R Decoupling

There are four main ways to soundproof a room: decoupling, absorption, damping and mass. Whilst all methods have their merits and achieve different results, for the best ratings, it is recommended to use all four methods in one assembly.

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18 July 2019

Considerations for Ensuring a Quality Plasterboard Finish

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A look at how imperfections can be avoided during the finishing process, and how clever paint colour and finish choices can help achieve a blemish-free look.

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24 June 2019

How Do Resilient Mounts Aid in Soundproofing?

Resilmount installaed in Margaret Court Arena

Resilient mounts, also known as sound isolation clips, are used as a way of disconnecting the wall system in acoustic wall and ceiling assemblies to provide noise reduction.

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