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

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
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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24 August 2020

Taking Advantage of Roofs as Liveable Space

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Planning ahead and installing an accessible flat roof can keep options open for creating additional living spaces in years to come. 

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24 August 2020

Heating Water, Without Heating the Planet

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It is ironic that carbon dioxide is one of the solutions to lessen the climate crisis, whilst carbon dioxide emissions from burning fossil fuels are one of the main causes of anthropogenic climate change.

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27 July 2020

Selecting the Right Glass for Structural Applications

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Understanding the rules of glass selection for each application is key for achieving safe breakage and avoiding sudden collapse. 

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27 July 2020

Futureproofing Passive Fire at Scott Base Antarctica

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Scott Base, New Zealand’s only Antarctic research station, constructed in the 1980s was found to have increasing points of failure in its passive fire protection.

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27 July 2020

Overview of the New Suspended Ceilings Standard – AS/NZS 2785:2020

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The new 2020 Suspended Ceilings – Design and Installation Standard has been published. Potter Interior Systems discussed the changes with Matt Bishop, Founder and Managing Director of BVT Engineering.

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