Features

Each Build offers in-depth insights into two topics of interest to the building and construction industry.

ChangesAhead

Feature section: Changes ahead

Build 168

As keys are handed over to the first KiwiBuild home, government plans for a different building landscape are taking shape. With plenty of work ahead, the next big changes include a new Ministry of Housing and Urban Development.

SafetyAtWork

Feature section: Safety at work

Build 168

The construction industry is known to be physically dangerous, but what is less understood are the high levels of mental health issues. With businesses now required to make health and safety a priority, we look at some of the issues and what can be done to keep workers safe and healthy.

Regs

Feature section: Building compliance

Build 167

New Zealand’s building control system is performance based, and there are many ways of meeting the performance requirements. We look at some alternative paths and how to ensure selected building products are fit for purpose.

Climate

Feature section: Climate action

Build 167

The government is moving to transition New Zealand to a low-carbon economy, as weather-related events increase damage to property and insurance costs look set to rise in coastal areas. BRANZ is in on the action looking for solutions to the impact of climate change.

Quality

Feature section: Building quality

Build 166

The perceived lack of quality of our buildings, both inside and outside the industry, occupies plenty of minds. Is it due to shoddy workmanship? What role does the designer play? Should homeowners be more demanding? We tease out some answers.

ExtInt

Feature section: Exteriors and interiors

Build 166

Not only are the colours and claddings used in buildings changing, but the functions of things like paints are growing. We look at these and ask whether E2/AS1 needs updating so the design solutions better reflect today’s living trends.

MDH2

Feature section: Medium-density housing

Build 165

As councils move to raise limits on medium-density housing in urban environments, plenty of work is needed at research and regulatory levels around factors such as fire ratings and noise levels.

Future

Feature section: The future is now

Build 165

It’s hard to keep track of where technology is taking us. It moves so fast, and the new frontiers of artificial intelligence and robotics are already knocking on the construction industry’s door. It’s time to embrace the changes.

CleanUp

Feature section: Cleaning up

Build 164

Construction and demolition waste dominates all rubbish at landfills. There are calls for the industry to reduce this. One way is at the very beginning of a building’s life cycle – during its design.

Seismic

Feature section: Seismic learnings

Build 164

Earthquake engineering knowledge, technology and regulations continue to evolve, particularly following the damage and loss of life from the Canterbury and Kaikoura quakes.