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Specifying for Airtightness and Testing

We hear about better building performance through air tightness all the time. You’ve probably heard you can test for it with a blower door. But if that’s what you want, how do you get it? Here’s some guidance on how to specify for air tightness and a test to prove it. 

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23 March 2020
23 March 2020

Seismic Bracing of Suspended Ceilings: Three Common Methods

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When it comes to designing suspended ceilings to withstand seismic loads, there are a number of solutions to consider.

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27 February 2020

New Builds and Fossil Fuels

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Why are we still designing and constructing buildings and homes that use fossil fuels?

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22 November 2019

Moving Towards Sustainable Building Design in New Zealand

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A look at some of the milestones and springboards from 2019 which are leading NZ architects towards sustainable design practices in 2020 and beyond. 

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21 October 2019

Choosing the Right Flat Roof Accessories

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It's important to consider the wide range of components that are specifically designed to support waterproofing membrane systems and how they create a full solution.

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21 October 2019

‘Airtight’ vs ‘Breathable: What's it all about?

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This month we look at 'airtight' vs 'breathable' building. Is it possible to achieve both within the same build? 

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20 October 2019

How to Minimise and Manage Fastener Popping

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A look at how fastener popping occurs and what can be done to minimise and manage the occurrence of unsightly visible screw heads. 

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20 September 2019

Design Considerations for Energy-Efficient Glass

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The use of energy-efficient glass delivers a more comfortable building interior and helps reduce energy costs across the service life of the building. 

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20 September 2019

Assessment and Remediation of Plasterboard Water Damage

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A look at what to consider when assessing water damage to plasterboard and how to replace and finish water-damaged board. 

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26 August 2019

Sustainable Water Heating Options for Stand-Alone Houses

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A comparison of different domestic hot water options currently available in NZ for individual homes, with a focus on the key considerations of environmental sustainability, capital cost, running cost, and ease of installation and maintenance. 

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26 August 2019

Using Waterproofing Membranes as Ground Vapour Barriers

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We are often asked whether waterproofing membranes function as vapour barriers. The answer to this question is not as straightforward as with other waterproofing membranes. 

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