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


Feature section: Grand designs

Build 163

It's not size or flashiness that makes a home or building grand. The essential factor it must have is quality in design, functionality and the build standard.


Feature section: National Science Challenges

Build 163

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.


Feature section: Corrosion and materials degradation

Build 162

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.


Feature section: Who's building New Zealand?

Build 162

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?


Feature section: Building controls

Build 161

How all the parts of New Zealand’s building control framework fit together may be a puzzle to some. To help, we look at various parts of our performance-based building control system and how to use them.


Feature section: Fire safety

Build 161

Valuable research by BRANZ fire engineers is improving understanding of fire behaviour in buildings. The result is useful guidance to help protect buildings in the event of a fire. On the regulatory side, MBIE has also been busy with new fire safety proposals.


Feature section: Maintenance

Build 160 , 135 , 124 , 96

The BRANZ House Condition Survey regularly finds that our homes are poorly maintained. All buildings need to be maintained, and the longer this is put off the more it will eventually cost.


Feature section: Neighbourhoods

Build 160

In New Zealand, the focus has largely been on delivering individual
dwellings rather than building quality,liveable neighbourhoods. This is
shifting, however, as the amount of medium-density housing increases.


Feature section: Aiming higher

Build 159 , 147

We are falling short by building houses to only meet Building Code minimums. There are many benefits from designing and building higher-performing houses that will be healthy, comfortable homes.


Feature section: Resilience

Build 159 , 148

Significant investment in time and money is going into making our buildings and communities more resilient to seismic events and the increasing frequency of climate change-related extreme weather events.