Each Build offers in-depth insights into two topics of interest to the building and construction industry.
Timber has been widely used in New Zealand buildings for many years due to its versatility, diversity and aesthetic properties. Keeping up with the changes in its use, grades and treatment is important for all practitioners.
The leaky building crisis and its impacts will be with us for years to come. While there are many unanswered questions, there are important principles and basic advice designers and builders should take note of so future disasters are avoided.
That first impression is all important and the choice of building cladding is a key component. However, claddings have a more serious role to play in keeping water out and allowing any that gets in to drain away and dry out.
With every new building project comes the opportunity to do things better, to improve what's being built and how it's being built. Innovative approaches, especially using technology, have huge potential to bring about change.
Building controls are constantly evolving. A natural disaster, findings from new research or innovative new products or processes can all prompt changes to the legislative framework that controls the building industry.
The built environment can be dangerous to our health. On site, workers face various hazards, while the actual fabric of our homes can negatively impact on our wellbeing. Now there's evidence of the links between good design and healthy minds and bodies.
The range of building materials available continues to expand making choices increasingly complex. Even decisions on everyday products like fasteners require a good understanding of characteristics to know what will perform best in any given situation.
Energy has become a major talking point in recent years. Increasing cost, supply shortages and environmental concerns are all driving interest in improving the energy efficiency of buildings and looking at alternative energy sources.
New technology continue to increase the range of building materials available. Whether it's an innovative smart new product or a reliable favourite, specifying a suitable product that performs in situ is critical.