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Designing Residential External Surface Drainage Systems in Compliance with E1/AS1 and E2/AS2

A short guide to designing an external surface water drainage system that protects dwellings from moisture while maintaining visual consistency and high performance.

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22 February 2021
22 February 2021

Membrane Technology: Knowing Your Options

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Recently, flat roof systems and product technology have grown more complex, with options such as reinforced modified bitumen, TPO and PVC/KEE membranes providing different performance benefits. 

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22 February 2021

Constructing School Roofs the Right Way

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The Ministry of Education's updated guidelines on Weathertightness Design Requirements for New School Buildings outline new changes in the design philosophy of school roofs set well above NZBC Acceptable Solutions. 

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22 February 2021

Intumescent Paint for Plasterboard Part 2 of 3: Defining the Problem in More Depth

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In the first part of our series, we identified that fire-separating elements are often not installed in accordance with the manufacturer’s instructions and therefore non-compliant. In this part we want to show that the issue we are facing is multi-levelled and encompasses much more than the structural problem that presents on the surface.

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08 February 2021

Creating the Charred Timber Look

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A look at how charred timber aesthetics have been created over time. 

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23 November 2020

Is Using Gas to Heat Buildings and Hot Water a Low Carbon Option in NZ?

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In many countries around the world fossil fuel gas is being used as a “transition fuel” to reduce the greenhouse gas emissions of buildings and homes, so should we be using gas in NZ to reduce our environmental impacts?

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23 November 2020

Intumescent Paint for Plasterboard Part 1 of 3: Introduction

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The industry is facing a massive hidden Passive Fire Protection problem which has surfaced with the investigation around leaky buildings. Across New Zealand standard plasterboard has been installed non-compliantly, which now leaves these buildings facing life safety compliance issues under the NZBC. In the first part of our series, we take a closer look at identifying the problem. 

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27 October 2020

Important Design Considerations For Glass Installation in Aluminium Partitions

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Edge cover and edge clearance should be considered at the initial design stage to ensure glazing is installed as per the New Zealand Glazing Code. 

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21 September 2020

Structural Glass Inspection and Crack Patterns

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This month I look at considerations for inspecting structural glass and crack patterns.

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21 September 2020

Controlling Water When Tanking for Hydrostatic Conditions

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Common problems with tanking basements that will have no drainage (hydrostatic) once the building is complete can be mitigated by implementing well-planned dewatering techniques during construction. 

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24 August 2020

Specifying Sealant, Fixing and Hardware for Structural Glass

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Compatible sealant, fixing and hardware are important for ensuring the safety and performance of structural glass. 

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