Each Build offers in-depth insights into two topics of interest to the building and construction industry.


Feature section: BRANZ 50th anniversary

Build 176

For half a century, BRANZ has been helping industry and government tackle building issues through quality science and a range of testing services. The result is warmer, drier, healthier and safer buildings for New Zealanders.


Feature section: Building materials

Build 176

Building materials are evolving. Innovative new products are on the horizon, alongside some re-engineered traditional materials. A major driver of change is to reduce their impact on the environment.


Feature section: Changing face of building

Build 175

The New Zealand building industry is transforming as prefabrication, medium-density housing and new building technologies overtake old systems and techniques.


Feature section: Tech matters

Build 175

As with pretty much every aspect of our lives, technology is changing the construction industry for the better. It’s providing opportunities to make our cities smarter and our workers safer and transforming the methods and materials used.


Feature section: Climate change

Build 174 , 156

The changing climate will have a big impact on the built environment in terms of where we build and how we build. What can we do to mitigate the impacts and prepare for the changes?


Feature section: Modern construction methods

Build 174

Advances in technology and automation have created new methods of construction that the industry is embracing. With the increase in substantial parts of buildings coming from overseas, issues around fitness for use and compliance are causing some headaches.


Feature section: Commercial buildings

Build 173

As big-ticket items, commercial buildings lead the way in innovation. That’s translating to an emphasis on building performance, consideration of upgrading rather than demolishing and an increased focus on occupant health and wellbeing.


Feature section: Skilling the workforce

Build 173

It’s a challenging time for construction work training and skills. The government is changing the way it delivers vocational education and training, and there’s an ongoing problem with getting enough skilled workers to service the building boom.


Feature section: Canterbury today

Build 172

Canterbury and particularly Christchurch look very different today with innovative low-rise buildings incorporating the latest in seismic technology, dominating the freshly arisen city.


Feature section: Exceeding the minimum

Build 172

The message is getting out. Designing homes above the minimum requirements of the Building Code makes them better to live in, often for little extra cost. Designers and builders have a role to play helping their clients understand this.