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Can Thermal Performance Be Measured Objectively?

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
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?

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

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16 May 2018

Thermal Performance: Which Materials are Best?

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When designing buildings for thermal performance, which criteria should dominate when it comes to the selection of building materials?

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23 March 2018

Natural Ventilation: Was the Old Way So Bad?

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Should we be reviewing the natural ventilation aspects of the standard form of windows commonly used in our modern houses?

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01 March 2018

Faster, Safer, Better Buildings On Time and On Budget

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An introduction to prefabrication: what specifiers need to be aware of when designing for offsite construction.

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23 February 2018

PrefabNZ CoLab 2018

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PrefabNZ’s CoLab is about increasing construction productivity through innovative construction, especially prefab and offsite manufacture. 

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24 November 2017

How Cold Does it Actually Get?

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Does the disconnect between the standard temperatures used for thermal performance research, and the actual interior and climatic temperatures to which building are exposed, cause confusion?

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25 October 2017

Recessed Windows: Is a New Aesthetic Needed?

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Recently there seems to be a developing interest in locating domestic aluminium windows to align with the thermal insulation zone of exterior walls. This interest seems to be focused on thermally broken window frames and the by-passing of the thermal break which occurs with current window installation details.

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21 September 2017

There is More to Insulation Than Just the R-value

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When there is talk of thermal insulation 'R-values' soon come into the conversation, but how do they relate to the actual thermal comfort of a building? And are they the primary determinant of the thermal comfort of a home?

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21 September 2017

Partnering Experience and Expertise to Create Better Buildings

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Construction businesses with differing levels of experience and expertise can form partnerships at an individual project level in order to increase information, education and skills — as collaboration between Stanley Group and Tall Wood at The Grounds, Hobsonville Point shows.

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