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Design Advice

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 July 2019
24 June 2019

The Insulating Effect of the Humble Curtain Revisited

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The results of a simple experiment to demonstrate the value of well-fitted curtains.

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23 May 2019

BIM Best Practice for NZ

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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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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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21 March 2019

Is it Time to Start Thinking About Sustainable Suburbs?

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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 February 2019

BIMinNZ Conference 2019

BIMinNZ Conference 2019

BIM is part of the growing construction technology wave that will deliver productivity gains. Find out more and be in to win a ticket to the inaugural BIMinNZ Conference in Wellington on Wednesday, 8 May 2019. 

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21 November 2018

An Update on Prefab Perceptions Today

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The momentum for prefabrication is picking up both in NZ and overseas. 

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17 October 2018

Photovoltaic and Solar Water Panels: What to Choose?

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When reviewing advertisements and promotional materials it appears that photovoltaic (PV) solar panels are promoted, with solar water panels being essentially ignored — why?

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21 June 2018

Can Thermal Performance Be Measured Objectively?

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The thermal performance of a house is determined by the complex interaction of a variety of major influences. With higher performance being desired, and demanded, it becomes more important that an objective measure is used for an assessment to be meaningful.

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21 June 2018

Finance Options for Prefab Home Buyers

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PrefabNZ is working with several primary banks and other secondary lenders to bring more finance options to market to enable prefabricated housing systems to be more accessible for first-home buyers.

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16 May 2018

How Can KiwiBuild Be a Success?

Detailed blog post Pamela Bell

Six key points that the KiwiBuild housing scheme must incorporate for history-making success.

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