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