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Flawless Integration of the Induction Hob and Hood with Flow-In

The use of a flush-mounted cooktop with integrated downdraft system eliminated the need for a bulky rangehood, creating additional space for the kitchen. 

Modular Wall Panels Feature in Winning Backyard Dwelling Design

The frameless Metra Construction Panel system was specified for the walls, floors and roof of this compact home design by First Light Studio — one of six winning designs of PrefabNZ’s 2018 SNUG design competition.

August 2019 feature

Energy Efficiency

Energy-saving products that help reduce energy usage and power bills, while minimising the building's environmental footprint.

Increasing Thermal Performance Through Warm Roof Design

Providing a continuous insulation layer for the roof increases thermal performance and overall energy efficiency.

Introducing a New Environmentally Friendly Glasswool Insulation Option

Introducing a New Environmentally Friendly Glasswool Insulation Option

ecoinsulation glasswool helps achieve excellent thermal efficiency with a no-added-formaldehyde composition that meets some of the highest environmental standards in the market. 

Thermodynamic Hot Water Chosen for Energy-Efficient New Build

Thermodynamic Hot Water Chosen for Energy-Efficient New Build

The cost-effective and energy-efficient Energie thermodynamic hot water system provides the home with a reliable supply of hot water. 

Daylighting System Reduces Library's Energy Consumption

Daylighting System Reduces Library's Energy Consumption

Minimal use of electric lighting has reduced the library's energy costs by as much as one-third,

Durable Copper-Look Spouting for Manor House Restoration

For the restoration of this 1930s family home, copper coloured spouting and downpipes were chosen as a durable and cost-effective alternative to the real thing. 

Stunning Facade Shrouds Add Depth to Facades

Spectrum offers technical resources including PS1 for Facade shrouds covering a wide range of sizes and applications.

Elegant Lighting Design Balances Subtlety and Drama

The lighting specification by Inlite features subtle fixtures that cast a warm light — and at times a dramatic glow — on the beautiful timber and concrete surfaces of this Orakei Basin home.

Conscious Design in a Black Mountain Home with Resene Wood Stains

Heavily influenced by trees — both from the perspective of planning regulations, streetscape and carefully planned views, this home seamlessly combines energy efficiency, colour and design.

Vibrant Steel Roofing Features in Award-Winning School Design

Steel & Tube is proud to be a supplier to the award-winning Freeman’s Bay School redesign by RTA Architects.

Sustainable Home Uses Dimond Photovoltaic Laminates for Energy Efficiency

Dimond Roofing’s tray metal roofing profiles, including Solar-Rib, can be installed with Photovoltaic Laminate (PVL) solar technology which then enables electric power generation.

Homestar Ratings: Moving Beyond 6 Stars

While in the normal course of events, most newly constructed homes in an urban setting can achieve a 6 Homestar rating, if there is an aspiration for higher ratings, then there is value in looking at where points can be gained at an early stage in the design process. 

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22 July 2019

Flawless Integration of the Induction Hob and Hood with Flow-In

The use of a flush-mounted cooktop with integrated downdraft system eliminated the need for a bulky rangehood, creating additional space for the kitchen. 

New Timber Veneer Collection Increases Design Possibilities

Laminex NZ’s Timber Veneer collection is designed to cover all the bases — from slick reconstituted veneer to rustic natural timber veneer, with the added option of speaking to Laminex NZ for a unique veneer sourced especially for your project. 

Vantage Systems in New PwC Building

The multi-award-winning PwC Centre in central Wellington used a range of commercial systems from APL Window Solutions, some of which were specially adapted for the project.

Cosy Toes with a Warm and Energy-Efficient Tiled Floor

Cosy Toes with a Warm and Energy-Efficient Tiled Floor

The Tile Depot recommends underfloor radiant heating systems for added luxury and cosiness to tiled floors.

Beautiful and Efficient Fireplaces to Enhance Home Design

Beautiful and Efficient Fireplaces to Enhance Home Design

Stovax's wood, gas and electric appliances are designed to provide sustainable efficient heating.

Solar Hot Water System Saves Energy at Redwood Fire Station

Solar Hot Water System Saves Energy at Redwood Fire Station

In November 2018, Fire and Emergency NZ got in touch with Apricus to help find ways to reduce the environmental impact and running costs of their fire stations.

Insulated Ceiling Board Saves Energy and Upgrades Acoustics

Insulated Ceiling Board Saves Energy and Upgrades Acoustics

75mm thick thermo-acoustic panels deliver combined performance to save costs.

Energy Efficiency an APL Focus

Energy Efficiency an APL Focus

A commitment to energy efficiency in the construction industry is reflected in recent sponsorship and product initiatives by leading sector supplier, APL Window Solutions.

New Toilet Suite Ensures Optimal Hygiene and Comfort

New Toilet Suite Ensures Optimal Hygiene and Comfort

The new Heron Hygiene toilet suite features a rimless bowl for ease of cleaning, with Double Vortex flushing technology to maximise flush performance while minimising water usage. 

Insulation for Energy-Efficient and Eco-Friendly Homes

Insulation for Energy-Efficient and Eco-Friendly Homes

Pink Batts glass wall insulation helped exceed R-values required by the NZBC. 

An Unsettling Environmental Reality: Resilience and Seismic Design

An Unsettling Environmental Reality: Resilience and Seismic Design

Seismic resilience is intricately connected to sustainable design.

Charge Smart Devices Wirelessly with Corian Charging Surface

Charge Smart Devices Wirelessly with Corian Charging Surface

The Corian Charging Surface from APT enables smart devices to be wirelessly charged with a winning combination of technology, convenience, design flexibility and Corian Solid Surface.

Designing Energy-Efficient Homes

Designing Energy-Efficient Homes

Design choices such as LED lighting, timers and clocks and home automation systems can significantly improve a home's energy efficiency. 

Smart Energy-Efficient Skylights

Smart Energy-Efficient Skylights

The VELUX ACTIVE automated control system features sensors that measure temperature, CO2 and humidity levels to determine when to open/close skylights for optimal energy efficiency.

Introducing the New Valencia Elite Showering Range

Introducing the New Valencia Elite Showering Range

The new Valencia Elite showering range from Englefield delivers market-leading ease of installation and best in class aesthetics, operation and feel.

A Solution for Wet Seal and Flashing Tape Compatibility Issues

A Solution for Wet Seal and Flashing Tape Compatibility Issues

3M All Weather flashing tape is compatible with most building sealants. 

by 3M
Viking Roof Garden System More Than Meets the Eye

Viking Roof Garden System More Than Meets the Eye

In addition to being visually appealing, a roof garden system can improve the energy efficiency of a building by moderating temperatures.