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Homestar v5

By Niall Bennett 1 August 2021, Build 185, Feature article

The New Zealand Green Building Council (NZGBC) is launching the most ambitious update to Homestar ever. There’s a range of changes coming, and for the first time, efforts to slash carbon pollution will be at its heart.

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Moving beyond the bridge

By Verney Ryan 1 February 2021, Build 182

Research has found the percentage of timber framing in walls of new houses is much higher than assumed in compliance calculations. This means more thermal bridging, less insulation and lower thermal performance. Why is this and what can be done?

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Towards a high-performance future

By Nicki Frances 1 August 2021, Build 185, Feature article

As we move further into the 21st century, we face two interconnected challenges for our sector – improving building performance to create healthier indoor conditions while also finding ways to reduce greenhouse gas emissions.

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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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