Each Build offers in-depth insights into two topics of interest to the building and construction industry.
The perceived lack of quality of our buildings, both inside and outside the industry, occupies plenty of minds. Is it due to shoddy workmanship? What role does the designer play? Should homeowners be more demanding? We tease out some answers.
Not only are the colours and claddings used in buildings changing, but the functions of things like paints are growing. We look at these and ask whether E2/AS1 needs updating so the design solutions better reflect today’s living trends.
It’s hard to keep track of where technology is taking us. It moves so fast, and the new frontiers of artificial intelligence and robotics are already knocking on the construction industry’s door. It’s time to embrace the changes.
Major research projects are under way as part of the National Science Challenges. These are focusing on significant issues that matter most to New Zealanders, including building better homes, towns and cities.
Corrosion and materials degradation
BRANZ is helping improve building materials durability by increasing understanding of the causes of corrosion and materials degradation. Much has been learned about metal fasteners in timber, and adhesives are now also under the microscope.
Roles and activities in the construction industry are changing with increasing use of technology and a move to more specialist trades. With the current skills shortage, where could extra people come from?