Each Build offers in-depth insights into two topics of interest to the building and construction industry.
The range of building materials available continues to expand making choices increasingly complex. Even decisions on everyday products like fasteners require a good understanding of characteristics to know what will perform best in any given situation.
New Zealand's ageing housing stock means that retrofits and renovations are a growth area. Renovations require a sound understanding of the existing property combined with knowledge of the latest products, techniques and requirements.
Energy efficiency principles and materials are often seen as the nuts and bolts of sustainability. The bigger picture encompasses thinking smart and designing and building communities that will last well into the future.
Unauthorised product substitution is common in New Zealand due to non-specific documentation, unavailability of product or even personal preferences, but the designer should be responsible for any substitutions.
Challenges abound for commercial buildings. High energy and water use are issues, and weathertightness has caused plenty of problems. But there are also reasons to celebrate as exciting New Zealand innovations help push timber structures higher.
The inherent safety of a building starts with choices made by the designer, such as the building location, materials used and design. For builders, site hazards need to be managed for the safety of people on site and passing by.