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Design Advice

BIM and the Magic of Metadata Standards

Learnings on the use of metadata standards to inform BIM data capture, from the NZDF Whenuapai base gymnasium project.

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20 October 2019
20 September 2019

Assessing the Thermal Performance of Homes

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With the growing acceptance that we must be much more clever with our use of the world’s non-renewable resources, we are well past the time when we can rely on long-standing assumptions, short-term thinking, and Green-wash. Objective assessments are urgently needed.

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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

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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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

BIM handbook update 2019

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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