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Changing Trends in the Gloss Levels of Paint

Fashions have changed and paint technology has improved; flat/matt sheen level paints are now being confidently used throughout homes, including in bathrooms and kitchens.

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19 April 2018
18 April 2018

Where Does the Airtightness Layer Go?

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Getting layering right in New Zealand buildings for summer and winter.

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18 April 2018

Where to Find The True Cost of Passive Fire

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The perceptions of project managers, quantity surveyors and passive fire installers when it comes to planning for fire stopping.

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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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22 March 2018

The Dwelling as a System

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A dwelling should be considered as an integrated set of systems rather than a set of separate components.

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22 March 2018

Light Reflective Membrane Benefits in New Zealand

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One of the more significant developments in low slope commercial roofing in the New Zealand market in recent years has been the rise of ‘cool roofs’. Relatively new in our country, the choice to adopt lighter coloured roofing membranes is becoming more popular.

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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

Sound Isolation for Multi-Residential Dwellings

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How can we achieve the desired sound transfer and impact ratings for suspended ceilings in multi-residential apartments?

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23 February 2018

Fire Rated Floor Slab Penetrations

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We recently had occasion to be drawn into the realm of structural engineering with regard to concrete floor slab penetrations. The issue is all too common: no provision made for power or data cables (and other services) to pass through concrete floor slabs. 

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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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22 February 2018

Understanding Different New Zealand Fire Ratings

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Specifiers should understand there are multiple types of fire ratings, and most buildings are required to meet at least one of these.

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