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Warmer, drier, healthier

By Mark Jones 1 October 2016, Build 156, Feature article

BRANZ’s new Warmer, Drier, Healthier Buildings programme is taking a holistic and collaborative approach to explore the issues and find solutions that allow buildings to be warm, dry and healthy.

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Risk and rising seas

By Tim Grafton 1 October 2016, Build 156, Feature article

Climate change is already causing rising sea levels, putting coastal properties at risk. Work by the Insurance Council and local government is identifying and evaluating this risk and considering adaptation measures.

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Hidden cost of not maintaining

By Verney Ryan 1 October 2016, Build 156, Feature article

When 14 homes were assessed in Tamaki, Auckland, it was clear the poor condition of many had been costly in financial and health terms. It’s a lesson in why putting off maintenance is a bad idea.

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Leaky schools go-ahead

By Karen Shaw 1 October 2016, Build 156

The Supreme Court recently confirmed that the Ministry of Education can proceed with its action against Carter Holt Harvey (CHH) for what it says was negligence in selling a defective plywood product.

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Climate change housing costs

By Ian Page 1 October 2016, Build 156, Feature article

BRANZ has been looking at the cost of building in measures to future-proof housing against climate change. The questions are, what do we need to do and what is the extra cost?

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Dealing with internal moisture

By Trevor Pringle 1 October 2016, Build 156, Feature article

Perversely, the draught-free, airtight homes of today might be harbouring plenty of internal moisture. Well designed ventilation is needed to manage this moisture and avoid the perils of mould and health issues.

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