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BIM Best Practice for NZ

The newly released Third Edition of the NZ BIM Handbook explains the benefits of BIM and best practice approach across the full asset lifecycle.

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23 May 2019
21 May 2019

Detailed Design of Passive Fire Penetration Seals

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Lessons from the design of service penetrations through fire rated walls and floors on a recent high-density residential project. 

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26 April 2019

How Can We Design and Build More Resilient Buildings?

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A truly resilient building needs to continue to provide core services in the event of a prolonged emergency or natural disaster. Domestic hot water is one of these services. 

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19 April 2019

ANZ Bank Incentivises Homestar Ratings

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As an incentive to sustainable housing, in mid-April the ANZ Bank announced that it is offering reductions to some of its interest rates and fees, subject to particular conditions, if the property being financed has a minimum Homestar rating of 6 stars.

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18 April 2019

MBIE Opens Consultation on Building Sector Reforms

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The consultation is on proposals to improve the regulation of building products and methods, strengthen occupational regulation, look at how risk and liability are managed, reduce the building levy, and strengthen penalties for those who don’t comply with the law.

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21 March 2019

Is it Time to Start Thinking About Sustainable Suburbs?

aerial housing

It is coming to be accepted that there is a personal and, to a lesser extent, a national benefit in having energy generation and water collection within the family home, but the conversation has not yet extended to applying this thinking to a co-operative community setting.

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21 March 2019

Designing for Steam in Modern Buildings

Steam

We pipe water inside buildings, so what happens when we turn it into steam?

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21 March 2019

What to Consider When Adding Bi-Fold Doors to Your Design

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There are lots of configuration options when adding this form of an operable wall, and there are a few things to consider.

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21 March 2019

MBIE Legislative Change Biggest for 15 Years

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MBIE is calling its proposed legislative changes to the building regulatory system in the areas of risk and liability, building products and occupational regulation, the biggest change to the regulations since the Building Act was introduced in 2004.

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21 March 2019

Balancing Fire Protection with Other Building Requirements

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We often come across situations where compliance with NZBC requirements for fire protection is in conflict with other requirements.

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21 March 2019

Update on Tariffs and Anti-Dumping Duties on Residential Building Materials

construction site

Tariff concessions have applied to many materials used in residential construction since 2014. The government has decided not to re-impose these tariffs.

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