The message is getting out. Designing homes above the minimum requirements of the Building Code makes them better to live in, often for little extra cost. Designers and builders have a role to play helping their clients understand this.
If building sites are too chaotic and messy, there can be increased risks for health and safety and damage to building materials. Having a plan to manage all aspects from materials storage to site access is crucial.
BRANZ is leading a programme to deliver New Zealanders warmer, drier, healthier buildings. This involves understanding aspects of a building’s performance including thermal bridging, airtightness, ventilation, heating and insulation.
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.
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.