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Barrisol Backlit Ceilings Light Up Spark Commercial Bay

The backlit Barrisol stretch ceiling system provides circadian rhythm lighting while adding visual flair to Spark's three-level flagship store. 

New Zealand Panels Group Opens New Showroom in Parnell, Auckland

Designed specifically for architects and designers, it features panels across the melamine, laminate and veneer ranges and engineered stone slabs in large format.

March 2021 feature

Learning Environments

Façades, joinery, roofing, versatile surfaces and custom acoustic features used to enhance childcare centres, schools and universities.

Warm Roof and Moisture Management for Rangiora West Primary School

Dimond’s Tricore three-layer insulated roof system was specified for the Rangiora West Primary School, a new build in a region known for temperature extremes.

Louvretec Shade Strategies for Learning Environments

Louvretec Shade Strategies for Learning Environments

Adaptability of spaces is a major bonus for a learning environment; discover how Louvretec Opening Roofs and Sun Louvres can assist with this.

100% Renewable Wood Pellet Boilers Heat Schools

100% Renewable Wood Pellet Boilers Heat Schools

The installation of sustainable and reliable OkoFEN wood pellet boilers is transforming school central heating systems around the country, delivering close to zero carbon heating today.

Improved Learning with Daylighting

Improved Learning with Daylighting

Fuelling student and staff achievements with natural light in education facilities.

Glulam Posts for Long-Lasting Looks

Introducing IBuilt GL Posts — new H5-treated glulaminated posts designed to keep verandas, carports, decking and roofing looking sharp. 

Achieve Seamless Indoor-Outdoor Flow with New ENZO Microgrip Tiles

A new type of surface treatment for porcelain tiles has resulted in a smooth surface tile with amazing anti-slip properties — meaning it can be used indoors and out.

Altherm Windows and the New Waitangi Museum

Te Rau Aroha Museum on the Waitangi Treaty Grounds is a building with two contrasting frontages — one giving entry to quiet, interior spaces for display and thoughtful contemplation, the other a function centre that looks outwards, rimmed by a wide verandah and tall panes of glass to capture light and bushy views.

Deck Design Flexibility for Safe Outdoor Childcare Spaces

The design for this urban child care outdoor space had a number of challenges including multiple heights that required a flush finish between the turf and decking spaces, curved details and soft fall areas.

Modular Design Delivers a Cost-Effective Solution

Spectrum’s cost-effective and modular manufacturing process ticked all the boxes for Kainga Ora.

An Attractive and Hygienic Wall Lining for Redcliffs School

Seratone’s highly impervious surface provides the hygiene and durability required for an active and creative education setting.

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

PIR Insulation is the Top Quality Choice for MYPOD

Offering high R-values in a slim product, Eurothane GP PIR is the insulation of choice for MYPOD — manufacturers of quality tiny spaces perfect for home offices and studios. 

Saniflo Ensures Greater Flexbility of Kitchenette Placement

Saniflo Ensures Greater Flexbility of Kitchenette Placement

Sanifast easily connects remote office kitchenettes to existing wastewater systems, avoiding expensive repurposing of plumbing and floor structures

Discovering the Latest in High-Tech, Full-Body Italian Porcelain: FRAGMENTA

Discovering the Latest in High-Tech, Full-Body Italian Porcelain: FRAGMENTA

Stunning on-trend terrazzo-effect tiles with a timeless aesthetic. This full-body porcelain series maintains the highest technical features, character, and functionality. 

The Continuous Innovation of COLORSTEEL

The Continuous Innovation of COLORSTEEL

With a continued focus on product improvement, COLORSTEEL now offers a unique matte paint finish and a new solution for condensation management.

The Future is Bright with VELUX Skylights

The Future is Bright with VELUX Skylights

A rare chance to design a new school in Christchurch presented a fantastic opportunity to enhance the educational experience with VELUX skylights.

Interactive Resene Finishes Engage Young and Old Alike

Interactive Resene Finishes Engage Young and Old Alike

Paint finishes have moved far beyond just being pretty into a whole range of practical applications to help you make the most of school spaces.

Defining Learning Environments with Advance Flooring

Defining Learning Environments with Advance Flooring

Educational facilities from early childhood centres through to tertiary institutions often consist of five distinct environments: learning spaces, sports areas, bathrooms and changing rooms, entryway and circulation areas, and stairways.

Brickworks Launches its Hydrogen Feasibility Study

Brickworks Launches its Hydrogen Feasibility Study

From its very earliest days, Brickworks Building Products has committed to investing in the latest manufacturing technologies to contain costs and improve productivity and product quality.

New Korlok Stone Range: Stones with a Soul and Story

New Korlok Stone Range: Stones with a Soul and Story

Karndean Designflooring, Australia’s market leader in luxury vinyl flooring is celebrating the understated colour tones found in natural stone by introducing 12 new stone designs to its modern Korlok collection. The range includes accessories to extend their Korlok offering, which also features Korlok wood.

The Dulux Industry Solutions Education Guide

The Dulux Industry Solutions Education Guide

For generations, Kiwis have relied on Dulux products in their homes, businesses and projects in both residential and commercial settings. Today Dulux extends its capabilities with an industry-leading suite of products and services in the diverse New Zealand education sector.

DriSpace Brings Compatible Weather Protection and Ventilation Systems to NZ

DriSpace Brings Compatible Weather Protection and Ventilation Systems to NZ

The new DriSpace website offers vented roof and wall systems combining high vapour permeable underlays, air and vapour tight ceiling and ventilation products.

Vantage Windows and Doors for a Detail-Rich Waikato Home

Vantage Windows and Doors for a Detail-Rich Waikato Home

When a builder and an interior designer created their own home, the result was a considered house rich in details.

Viking Dec-K-ing Ideal for Learning Centre Playground

Viking Dec-K-ing Ideal for Learning Centre Playground

Viking Dec-K-ing provided a safe and low-maintenance decking option for the playground of this new childhood learning centre. 

Warm Roofing Made Easy with Kingspan Insulated Panels

Warm Roofing Made Easy with Kingspan Insulated Panels

Kingspan Insulated Panels offer a simple and cost-effective warm roofing solution that meets Ministry of Education requirements: Kingspan’s trapezoidal roofing panels (KS1000 RW) have been used extensively on schools around New Zealand to provide a high-performance roof solution.

Connect with Nature Through Techlam Glulam

Connect with Nature Through Techlam Glulam

Biophilia is the subconscious connection to nature, promoting wellness and an optimised atmosphere, especially in learning environments.

Marshall Innovations Offer Weathertight Solutions for New Learning Environments

Marshall Innovations Offer Weathertight Solutions for New Learning Environments

A look at how Marshall Innovations Construction Solutions are suitable for use in new learning environments.

Impressive New Bathrooms for Diocesan Performing Arts Centre

Impressive New Bathrooms for Diocesan Performing Arts Centre

MacDonald Industries worked with Graham Upton Architects to specify commercial bathroom fittings suitable for the bathrooms at Diocesan Performing Arts Centre.

ARDEX Butynol & Butyseal Certified for Use at Pitches of 1:100

ARDEX Butynol & Butyseal Certified for Use at Pitches of 1:100

The only sheet membranes produced in New Zealand with CodeMark Certification confirming compliance of use at pitches of 1:100.

Trespa: Creating the Schools of Tomorrow

Trespa: Creating the Schools of Tomorrow

Trespa Meteon cladding panels bring vibrant facade options to school design, while offering durability and ease of maintenance. 

Protecting Learning Environment Exteriors from Deterioration and Contamination

Protecting Learning Environment Exteriors from Deterioration and Contamination

Zero VOC easy to apply treatments for concrete providing curing, surface repeller stain resistance and deep matrix antimicrobial protection.

Solving Classroom Space Issues with Smart Design

Solving Classroom Space Issues with Smart Design

More than just wardrobe doors, customisable sliding doors can be used to transform educational spaces.

Create Dry, Safe and Healthy School Buildings with Thermakraft

Create Dry, Safe and Healthy School Buildings with Thermakraft

From the ground to the roof, Thermakraft integrated product solutions work across all aspects of the Ministry of Education Guidelines.

Customised Whiteboards Perfect For Modern Learning Environments

Customised Whiteboards Perfect For Modern Learning Environments

Whiteboards are arguably one of the most iconic tools associated with education, and research suggests that students have a higher level of engagement with information presented through multiple teaching methods.

 Rondo Top of the Class with New Zealand Education

Rondo Top of the Class with New Zealand Education

Not only does Rondo supply the sub-structure for wall and ceiling linings, but it also partners with the manufacturers to ensure that the surface for the linings works for each system.

New Litecrete House Snuggled Amongst Elderly Neighbours

New Litecrete House Snuggled Amongst Elderly Neighbours

To ensure the home would sit comfortably amongst its early century weatherboard neighbours, some of the Litecrete lightweight precast panels were cast with a weatherboard texture to the external face. 

Corian: The Hygienic, Easy to Clean and Versatile Choice for Learning Environments

Corian: The Hygienic, Easy to Clean and Versatile Choice for Learning Environments

Whether speccing for an early childhood centre, school or university, the required core features are the same: educational facilities need materials that are hygienic, durable, easy to clean and aesthetically pleasing. Corian ticks all of these boxes.

Five Tips For Creating an Indoor-Outdoor Kitchen

Five Tips For Creating an Indoor-Outdoor Kitchen

Cosentino shares their top tips for seamless indoor-outdoor kitchen design. 

Introducing ZeroE Formaldehyde Free

Introducing ZeroE Formaldehyde Free

The sustainable alternative to MDF and Particle board.

Level Threshold Access in Educational Facilities: Weathertightness Design Requirements

Level Threshold Access in Educational Facilities: Weathertightness Design Requirements

Keeping learning environments safe and healthy while providing adequate access for all user groups.

Provista Semi-Frameless Balustrades for New Premier Retirement Lifestyle Facility

Provista Semi-Frameless Balustrades for New Premier Retirement Lifestyle Facility

Leading nationwide balustrade provider, Provista Balustrade Systems, has installed Semi-Frameless Glass balustrades to the 46 masonry decks of a new Premier Retirement Lifestyle development in Huapai, Northwest of Auckland.

A Total Flooring Solution for MIT Techpark, Manukau

A Total Flooring Solution for MIT Techpark, Manukau

In bringing all of Manukau Institute of Technology’s trade and engineering schools under one roof, ASC Architects looked to Advance Flooring to supply a total flooring solution.

Stacking Cavity Sliders Enable Flexible Use of Space in Childcare Centres

Stacking Cavity Sliders Enable Flexible Use of Space in Childcare Centres

CS OvertakingDoors cavity sliders from CS For Doors provide multi-purpose room dividers.

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