Features

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

CommercialBuildings

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.

SkillingTheWorkforce

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.

CanterburyToday

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.

BigMin

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.

BIM2

Feature section: Building information modelling

Build 171

As a major BIM conference is held in New Zealand, it is time to increase BIM’s uptake as we move into a digitally enabled future.

PassiveFire

Feature section: Passive fire protection

Build 171

Passive fire protection is in the spotlight after questions have been raised about Building Code compliance in existing buildings. Work at various levels aims to bring changes and improve quality.

Towns2City

Feature section: From towns to cities

Build 170

What makes somewhere a great place to live? This question is being asked as improving New Zealand’s urban design engages the minds of researchers, architects and planners.

ManagingSites

Feature section: Managing sites

Build 170

If building sites are too chaotic and messy, there can be increased risks for health and safety and damage to building materials. Having a plan to manage all aspects from materials storage to site access is crucial.

Access

Feature section: Access and egress

Build 169

The rules around providing means to get in and out of buildings is complex. We look at these and changes to the fire safety and evacuation regulations.

Comfort

Feature section: Comfortable indoor environments

Build 169

BRANZ is leading a programme to deliver New Zealanders warmer, drier, healthier buildings. This involves understanding aspects of a building’s performance including thermal bridging, airtightness, ventilation, heating and insulation.