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BEES buzzing

By Nigel Isaacs 1 February 2010, Build 116

Two years in, the BRANZ Building Energy End-use Study (BEES) is gearing up for a phone survey of non-residential buildings, monitoring of energy use and the development of improved thermal simulation models.

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How do apartments measure up?

By Jessica Bennett 1 April 2010, Build 117

The trend for city living has seen the number of new apartment buildings increase dramatically and, with it, concerns about poor design. A research project has created a prototype tool to evaluate high-density living to help owners, designers and builders.

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Corrosion of fasteners

By Zhengwei Li 1 December 2010, Build 121, Feature article

Results from BRANZ’s 3-year field exposure test on the performance of typical fasteners in timbers treated with waterborne copper-containing preservatives show stainless steel to be best for long-term durability.

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Defects in new houses

By Ian Page 1 April 2011, Build 123, Feature article

Early replies to a BRANZ survey asking owners of new houses about their house defects and features suggest that, despite overall satisfaction, there is room for improvement in the industry.

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