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Reinventing basic materials

By David Hindley 1 April 2022, Build 189, Feature article

World-class research, award-winning designs and a new mindset are all helping New Zealand manufacturers, architects and designers take a fresh approach to those most fundamental of building materials – concrete, steel and timber.

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SCMs reduce concrete emissions

By Dr James Mackechnie 1 April 2022, Build 189, Feature article

New research shows that using natural supplementary cementitious materials (SCMs) with Portland cement can maintain the strength and durability of concrete while reducing carbon emissions. Changes to cement standards may be needed, however, before SCM use can grow.

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Precast concrete floors project

By Angela Liu 1 August 2019, Build 173, Feature article

A national research programme looking into precast concrete floor performance in earthquakes is likely to result in revised guidelines for seismic assessment and retrofit of buildings with precast floors.

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Tolerances tables

By Trevor Pringle 1 October 2016, Build 156

In Build 155 Within tolerance, we outlined some of the allowable tolerances to work within for a quality result. Here, we’ve summarised that information into convenient tables.

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