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Product Substitution: Simple Rules to Follow to Mitigate Risk

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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27 April 2021
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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27 October 2020

The Need for Embodied and Operational Carbon Reduction

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With New Zealand’s commitment to Net Zero Carbon Emissions by 2050, the built infrastructure sector of the economy will have a significant part to play if the target is to be met. The Residential Tenancies (Healthy Homes Standards) Regulations 2019 illustrates the need for lateral thinking.

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27 October 2020

Shift Gears to Full Potential: Build Your EGO to be ECO


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GUEST POST: Jon & Yoshimi Brett discuss breaking down silos and ego-centric thinking to steer the industry towards more eco-centric ways of thinking. 

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21 September 2020

Integrated Design: Working Better Together to Build a Thriving, Future-Fit Aotearoa

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Ready! Fire! Aim! Sound Familiar? We’re often juggling multiple issues with a constant focus on value management and missing the real value. What if we shifted our thinking?

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21 September 2020

R-Values and Product Selection

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The process of designing and selecting insulation materials for the thermal envelope of a building is not a simple task.

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21 September 2020

A Challenge to Aim for the Sun

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GUEST POST: Jon & Yoshimi Brett discuss Tanglewood, their family home rebuild in the Eastern bays of Auckland which has achieved Net Zero Energy and Petal Certification under the stringent Living Building Challenge.

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