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.
Corrosion and materials degradation
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.
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?
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.
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.
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.
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.