The fire performance of building façades is a hot topic. Recent work has improved our understanding of how to test their fire performance, particularly in taller timber buildings, and is investigating other fire risks in buildings and fire safety in densified housing.
New Zealanders suffer from our poor-quality residential building stock. BRANZ is among those looking at ways to eliminate this problem by taking a whole-of system approach to understand why this is the case.
The building industry has always been subject to the forces of the market and the environment, but now add a global pandemic that has brought everything to a halt. Being resilient will help businesses get through this crisis, recover and prepare for the future.
We’re turning to science currently to control the pandemic facing the world. Science has always been at the heart of BRANZ, and this continues as we grow building knowledge and find solutions to ensure New Zealanders can live in healthier, more resilient buildings and communities.
The building and construction industry is risky and can be litigious. Better risk allocation and good communication between parties to solve problems before they get out of hand will help minimise risk.