Features

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

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.

ChangesAhead

Feature section: Changes ahead

Build 168

As keys are handed over to the first KiwiBuild home, government plans for a different building landscape are taking shape. With plenty of work ahead, the next big changes include a new Ministry of Housing and Urban Development.

SafetyAtWork

Feature section: Safety at work

Build 168

The construction industry is known to be physically dangerous, but what is less understood are the high levels of mental health issues. With businesses now required to make health and safety a priority, we look at some of the issues and what can be done to keep workers safe and healthy.

Regs

Feature section: Building compliance

Build 167

New Zealand’s building control system is performance based, and there are many ways of meeting the performance requirements. We look at some alternative paths and how to ensure selected building products are fit for purpose.

Climate

Feature section: Climate action

Build 167

The government is moving to transition New Zealand to a low-carbon economy, as weather-related events increase damage to property and insurance costs look set to rise in coastal areas. BRANZ is in on the action looking for solutions to the impact of climate change.