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Looks aren’t everything

By Hugh Byrd and Eva Nash 1 June 2012, Build 130, Feature article

Houses that win architectural awards are often widely admired and highly influential. However, recent research has found that, typically, they aren’t good environmental performers. As leaders in the industry, shouldn’t they be?

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Homes that go further

By Lois Easton 1 December 2013, Build 139, Feature article

A new building system is looking to go well beyond the Building Code. It promises quick and accurate off-site construction together with warm, healthy, energy-efficient living and lower running costs for homeowners.

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Changing models

By Shaan Cory, Lynda Amitrano 1 December 2014, Build 145, Feature article

Prototype models developed from bees data are helping to make energy modelling of commercial buildings easier, allowing building designers to concentrate more on the building’s design parameters.

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Award for affordable housing in Nelson

By Steve Richards 1 June 2008, Build 106, Feature article

Last year, a novel rental housing scheme in Nelson, owned and managed by Nelson Tasman Housing Trust, won the Community Development category of the NZ Master Builders Federation House of the Year awards. This was a welcome boost for trustees grappling with the problem of housing affordability.

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