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Design Advice

The Need for Embodied and Operational Carbon Reduction

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
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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18 November 2019

Considering the Next Phase of Offsite Construction in New Zealand

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There are many reasons to believe that the future is bright for the offsite construction sector in New Zealand. 

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20 October 2019

BIM and the Magic of Metadata Standards


Learnings on the use of metadata standards to inform BIM data capture, from the NZDF Whenuapai base gymnasium project.

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20 September 2019

Assessing the Thermal Performance of Homes

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With the growing acceptance that we must be much more clever with our use of the world’s non-renewable resources, we are well past the time when we can rely on long-standing assumptions, short-term thinking, and Green-wash. Objective assessments are urgently needed.

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26 August 2019

Making Data Smarter: BIM for Asset and Facilities Management

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How capturing data through BIM has helped Wellington City Council cost-effectively identify and schedule maintenance work required on its social housing portfolio to extend the life of the assets.

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26 August 2019

Holistic Approach Key to the Energy Efficiency of Building Products

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There are many products in the market each promoting their individual thermal performance, but when incorporated into a building the actual ‘real-life,’ performance becomes dependent upon the interaction of all the materials and products used in the construction.

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22 July 2019

Homestar Ratings: Moving Beyond 6 Stars

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While in the normal course of events, most newly constructed homes in an urban setting can achieve a 6 Homestar rating, if there is an aspiration for higher ratings, then there is value in looking at where points can be gained at an early stage in the design process. 

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24 June 2019

The Insulating Effect of the Humble Curtain Revisited

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The results of a simple experiment to demonstrate the value of well-fitted curtains.

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23 May 2019

BIM Best Practice for NZ

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The newly released Third Edition of the NZ BIM Handbook explains the benefits of BIM and best practice approach across the full asset lifecycle.

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