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Design Advice

Is Durability in the Building Code Up to Scratch?

Durability in the NZ Building Code is simple in concept but probably needs more than normal maintenance.

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26 July 2021
28 June 2021

The Case for Trans-Tasman Building Regulation

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When it comes to the building and construction sector, there is a strong case for collaboration and, taking it a step further, a long-term programme to unify as much as possible our building regulatory systems.

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28 June 2021

NZBC H1 Compliance for Domestic Alterations

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Compliance with NZ Building Code clause H1 (Energy Efficiency) is straightforward for new builds, but for alterations to existing homes it is more complicated and can give unexpected results.

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24 May 2021

Is It Time for a Fundamental Review of the Building Act and How it is Delivered?

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Can we develop new compliance pathways for innovations that respond appropriately to the relative risk of non-compliance but in a cost-effective manner?

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24 May 2021

Planning for Photovoltaic Panel Installations on NZ Homes

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For some time now, it has become settled that there is sense in planning for a future where photovoltaic (PV) panels will become a standard feature for new homes and major renovations, even though many owners are not prepared to install them ‘next week’.

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27 April 2021

Product Substitution: Simple Rules to Follow to Mitigate Risk

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With supply chains affected by Covid-19 there are times substitution cannot be avoided. Here's a look at some simple rules to follow when making product substitutions to ensure problems don't arise.

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22 March 2021

Considering Thermal Insulation for Concrete Block Walls

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Because of their high thermal mass, the thermal insulation of concrete and concrete block walls in dwellings needs to be treated quite differently to those with lightweight framed or panel walls.

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22 March 2021

Good Product Information is Key to Helping Make the Consenting System Work Better

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When creating product documentation, it is useful for product suppliers to think not only about getting the product specified, but also helping the design team in achieving building consent. 

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22 February 2021

Hot Water: Gas or Electricity

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The recently released Climate Change Commission’s draft report for public consultation speaks of the need to reduce the domestic use of natural gas and LPG. This, and the inevitable depletion of the resource, will need to influence the way we design the water heating systems for our dwellings.

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22 February 2021

More to the Grenfell Towers Fire Than the Headlines: Lessons for Us All

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The public enquiry into the Grenfell Fire should become a key education resource for the industry, reminding us that recognising and managing project risk is a role we all share. 

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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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