The push for sustainability crosses all sectors of society, with the construction industry having an important role. One initiative assisting in shaping sustainable built environments is building rating tools.
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A recent Beacon Pathway study undertaken by scion has found the biggest opportunity to reduce the environmental impacts of new homes is by addressing the operation of the house with good design and appropriate material choice.
BRANZ is currently monitoring residential water use in the Auckland region. The results of this research will help to more accurately forecast future water demand.
The building industry has the opportunity to lead in the development of a low carbon economy and decrease the need for offsetting strategies.
BRANZ research aims to improve our knowledge of environmental profiling application and provide direction for the future.
Should a property owner renovate, or demolish and rebuild? New research from the Netherlands sheds some light on environment impact aspects of this question.
1 April 2008, Build 105, Feature article
New Zealand is soon to have a water efficiency labelling scheme (WELS) to provide consumers with water efficiency information when they buy appliances and plumbing products.
Concrete wastewater can be lethal to aquatic life and can land those responsible with a fine, so make sure you keep it out of stormwater.
A planned Australasian environmental product scheme should increase opportunities for local manufacturers in a global market now asking questions about products’ environmental credentials.
Most New Zealand homes are poor performers environmentally. The good news, as BRANZ research shows, is that it’s not hard to lift their game.
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