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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
21 September 2020

A Challenge to Aim for the Sun

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GUEST POST: Jon & Yoshimi Brett discuss Tanglewood, their family home rebuild in the Eastern bays of Auckland which has achieved Net Zero Energy and Petal Certification under the stringent Living Building Challenge.

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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

Heat Pumps and Working From Home

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Heat Pumps are now well established as a heating source for the home which suits family life as it has been for the last decades, but will they have the same dominance following the disruptive game-changer of Covid-19?

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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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27 July 2020

Adhesive Tapes Part 2: Surface Tension, Testing and Durability

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Knowledge about the fundamentals of adhesion technology and about the loads that will actually be acting in practice is crucial in order to be able to carry out reliable project planning and testing.

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22 July 2020

Approachable Book on TALL Construction Wins International Award

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Tall: The Design and Construction of High-Rise Architecture — a new textbook by Guy Marriage which has recently won an international award and is gaining acclaim from reviewers for its accessible and engaging style. 

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