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Design Advice

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

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
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


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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27 July 2020

Heat Pumps and Working From Home

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Heat Pumps are now well established as a heating source for the home which suits family life as it has been for the last decades, but will they have the same dominance following the disruptive game-changer of Covid-19?

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22 June 2020

Factors to Consider When Analysing Additional Shading

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There are many factors which influence whether additional shading created by a project proposal can be considered more than minor.

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25 May 2020

Covid-19 and Shovel-Ready Projects

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‘Shovel-Ready’ is the adjective of the moment, but is it to be a 2019 descriptor or a 2021 descriptor? This will be important in 20 years time when the decisions about to be made will be well cemented in.

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28 April 2020

Considering Thermal Windows

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Windows form an important barrier and connection between the wide outside world and the cosy private environment of the building’s occupants. As the weakest point, attempts have been taken by industry to address the thermal vulnerability of this necessary building element.

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20 February 2020

Sustainable Water Supply

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With the current shortage of rain in much of NZ, especially in the North, it is appropriate to recognise the long-term change in rainfall patterns and to give serious consideration to having water storage for domestic use at most dwellings.

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19 February 2020

Sustainability Will Help Drive Prefab Forward

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The industry needs to work to lessen inefficient delivery of materials, building waste and the movement of the workforce in order to reduce our environmental impact. 

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22 November 2019

Smartening Up Asset Management with BIM

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There are misconceptions about BIM’s applicability to existing assets but a recent project at Hamilton City Council’s Pukete Wastewater Treatment Plant exemplifies how BIM technologies can be utilised to provide a rich, multi-dimensional picture of existing assets.

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22 November 2019

NZBC – H1 Energy Efficiency


From time to time there are calls from various interest groups advocating that their section of the New Zealand Building Code needs to be updated or revised, including Clause H1 (Energy Efficiency).

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