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Design Advice

Is it Time to Start Thinking About Sustainable Suburbs?

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 March 2019
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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17 October 2018

Photovoltaic and Solar Water Panels: What to Choose?


When reviewing advertisements and promotional materials it appears that photovoltaic (PV) solar panels are promoted, with solar water panels being essentially ignored — why?

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21 June 2018

Can Thermal Performance Be Measured Objectively?

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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

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?

Detailed blog post Pamela Bell

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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