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NZ BIM Benchmark Survey 2018 Results Released

A look at the fifth year of a five-year programme that follows progress of an industry control group in accelerating the introduction of BIM into NZ.

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22 November 2018
18 September 2018

Meeting Our Duty of Care Responsibilities for Passive Fire

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While fire engineering reports are designed in line with the NZBC with a view to saving lives, we often overlook the lives of the first responders who need to go into these buildings.

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23 August 2018

Testing Water Before Installing Membrane Systems

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A detailed discussion of the water/soil compatibility test and its importance in the design of any below-grade waterproofing system.

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22 August 2018

Renovation Opportunity and R-Values

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In this article, I’m tackling real-estate adverts, renovation by paint, and discussing one area of cost for whole-house renovation and the connection between health and wealth.

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22 August 2018

Facility Managers and Passive Fire

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The traditional approach for facility managers is to do whatever it takes to make the passive fire issue disappear. This is not always the most cost-effective approach.

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21 August 2018

Designing for Internal Moisture

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Dampness due to condensation can lead to fungal growth which harms occupants, causes decay in structural timbers and accelerates corrosion of metal components and fixings. 

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19 July 2018

Achieving Winter Warmth in New Zealand Homes

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Common themes with comfortable high performance houses are insulation, airtightness, ventilation and heating. 

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19 July 2018

Can BCAs Decline a Tested Penetration Seal?

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Any and all tested penetration seals, installed in accordance with the manufacturers specifications or AS 4072.1, “cannot – not be accepted as being compliant” with the NZBC.

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19 July 2018

Backfilling Bentonite Membranes

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This month I look at the provision of containment pressure to maintain the effectiveness of bentonite tanking membranes under both static and seismic conditions. 

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21 June 2018

Water Resistant vs. Watertight

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Protecting structure from moisture before, during and after construction is a code minimum requirement of B2 durability.

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21 June 2018

Time to Talk Tanking in the Wet

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Mitigating the risk of over-hydration is key to the success of a bentonite membrane — especially in wet conditions. 

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