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Is Using Gas to Heat Buildings and Hot Water a Low Carbon Option in NZ?

In many countries around the world fossil fuel gas is being used as a “transition fuel” to reduce the greenhouse gas emissions of buildings and homes, so should we be using gas in NZ to reduce our environmental impacts?

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23 November 2020
23 November 2020

NZ BIM Benchmark Survey 2020 Results Released

BIM Benchmark Survey 2020

Few things have the potential to improve the performance of New Zealand’s building, construction and asset operation sectors as much as Building Information Modelling (BIM). Commencing in 2014, the adoption of BIM has been measured, and now EBOSS and the BIM Acceleration Committee are pleased to announce the findings of the seventh year of the BIM Benchmark Survey. 

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23 November 2020

Intumescent Paint for Plasterboard Part 1 of 3: Introduction

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The industry is facing a massive hidden Passive Fire Protection problem which has surfaced with the investigation around leaky buildings. Across New Zealand standard plasterboard has been installed non-compliantly, which now leaves these buildings facing life safety compliance issues under the NZBC. In the first part of our series, we take a closer look at identifying the problem. 

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27 October 2020

Are You A Net Zero Hero? Part 1: Energy

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Time to get with the new paradigms of Net Zero Energy, Net Zero Toxicity (in materials) and Net Zero Carbon. Jerome Partington of Jasmax and CEO Living Future Rākeiora explains how you can play your role and create positive outcomes for your clients and projects. These can be immediate and powerful wins for our industry, our clients, our communities and Papatūānuku.

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27 October 2020

Important Design Considerations For Glass Installation in Aluminium Partitions

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Edge cover and edge clearance should be considered at the initial design stage to ensure glazing is installed as per the New Zealand Glazing Code. 

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27 October 2020

The Need for Embodied and Operational Carbon Reduction

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With New Zealand’s commitment to Net Zero Carbon Emissions by 2050, the built infrastructure sector of the economy will have a significant part to play if the target is to be met. The Residential Tenancies (Healthy Homes Standards) Regulations 2019 illustrates the need for lateral thinking.

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27 October 2020

Shift Gears to Full Potential: Build Your EGO to be ECO


ECO EGO

GUEST POST: Jon & Yoshimi Brett discuss breaking down silos and ego-centric thinking to steer the industry towards more eco-centric ways of thinking. 

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21 September 2020

Integrated Design: Working Better Together to Build a Thriving, Future-Fit Aotearoa

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Ready! Fire! Aim! Sound Familiar? We’re often juggling multiple issues with a constant focus on value management and missing the real value. What if we shifted our thinking?

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21 September 2020

Structural Glass Inspection and Crack Patterns

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This month I look at considerations for inspecting structural glass and crack patterns.

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21 September 2020

Controlling Water When Tanking for Hydrostatic Conditions

Dewatering Hero

Common problems with tanking basements that will have no drainage (hydrostatic) once the building is complete can be mitigated by implementing well-planned dewatering techniques during construction. 

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21 September 2020

R-Values and Product Selection

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The process of designing and selecting insulation materials for the thermal envelope of a building is not a simple task.

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