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Homestar Ratings: Moving Beyond 6 Stars

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 June 2017

Enclosing Insulation in Skillion Roofs

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

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08 June 2017

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.

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18 May 2017

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.

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18 May 2017

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.

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18 May 2017

Airtightness: Friend or Foe?

It's time to realise that lack of ventilation, not airtightness, is the new enemy.

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18 May 2017

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.

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18 May 2017

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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19 April 2017

Thermal Performance Aspects of Low-Rise Apartment Design

Ensuring that medium-density low-rise apartment complexes comply with NZBC-H1 (Energy Efficiency) is more involved than for stand-alone dwellings.

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24 March 2017

What's the Use of Blower Door Testing?

How can we judge a building's performance when all testing methods have limitations?

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23 March 2017

Selecting Home Heating Systems that Meet Occupant Liveability Requirements

Heating a house is not as simple as just fitting a heat pump to a convenient wall. The most important first step is to develop a heating and cooling Performance Brief for the residence.

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