Significant investment in time and money is going into making our buildings and communities more resilient to seismic events and the increasing frequency of climate change-related extreme weather events.
Statistics show New Zealand society is becoming older and ethnically
more diverse, which has implications for our housing. There is a need
for more suitable housing for ageing people keen to downsize and for
those from cultures that prefer multi-generational housing.
There have been far-reaching changes in the layout and look of New Zealand schools, but more attention is needed to the indoor air quality. Now, with BRANZ’s Warmer, drier healthier buildings project, research teams are studying indoor air quality and monitoring ventilation.
What does the report card for the Licensed Building Practitioners Scheme say now it has been up and running for over 10 years? Yes, there is room for improvement, but it has an important role in lifting buildings standards.
A quality building should always be the goal, but unfortunately it is not always achieved, especially in these busy times. Following guidelines and paying attention to the details can make a big difference to the final product.
While bricks have long been top of the popularity list for house cladding, weatherboards have caught up fast in recent years. Whatever the choice, it is important to be sure that not only does the building exterior look good but the system used is durable and weathertight and meets Building Code requirements.