Medium density housing

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Maintaining MDH

By Anne Duncan 1 June 2017, Build 160, Feature article

Maintenance issues in medium-density housing (MDH) can be complicated by differing owner/tenant needs, making life hard for the body corporate. Changes flagged to the Unit Title Act, however, are likely to help.

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Flat-out testing

By Greg Overton 1 April 2018, Build 165, Feature article

If you are involved in constructing an apartment building over the next 2 years, you could have the airtightness measured and help BRANZ to help the industry at the same time.

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Embracing intensification

By David Hindley 1 December 2021, Build 187, Feature article

Higher-density housing is transforming our cities and towns. The construction of townhouses and apartments could soon outnumber stand-alone homes. It isn’t a smooth change, however, with the pressure on to improve perceptions, lift quality and shrink carbon footprints.

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Building Code changes 2021

By David Hindley 1 February 2022, Build 188

MBIE recently released energy efficiency changes to the Building Code to help make new homes and buildings warmer, drier and healthier. These include increased minimum insulation requirements for roofs, windows and floors.

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On the rise

By Matthew Curtis 1 August 2020, Build 179, Feature article

Although COVID-19 may negatively impact the popularity of mid-rise housing in the near future, this form of townhouses and apartments has been growing in popularity, accounting for over 40% of new residential consents last year.

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Apartment upgrade

By Roman Jaques 1 June 2016, Build 154, Feature article

BRANZ Is monitoring an ageing Wellington City Council apartment block during a major upgrade to establish building performance and occupier satisfaction. This will give valuable advice for other apartment upgrades.

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