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Common maintenance issues

By Sarah Symon 1 June 2022, Build 190, Feature article

Property inspections carried out when a house goes on the market regularly turn up a whole range of problems. Some could have been found and fixed earlier if regular home maintenance had been carried out.

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Rule of thumb 1: Increase insulation

By Greg Burn 1 June 2022, Build 190

BRANZ modelling identified six areas for designers to focus on to reduce the carbon footprint of a new build. In the first of this series, we look at the practical considerations for designers using rule of thumb 1 Increase construction R-values.

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Building Code changes 2021

By David Hindley 1 February 2022, Build 188

MBIE recently released energy efficiency changes to the Building Code to help make new homes and buildings warmer, drier and healthier. These include increased minimum insulation requirements for roofs, windows and floors.

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Keeping in character

By Bruce Sedcole 1 February 2022, Build 188

In Build 186 Houses ripe for renovation, we talked about renovating and refurbishing New Zealand character homes. Now, here is a closer look at some of the common tasks you may have to address.

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SIPs for faster construction

By Anna Walsh, David Carradine 1 October 2021, Build 186, Feature article

Building systems that include higher levels of prefabrication and off-site manufacture are potential solutions to New Zealand’s urgent housing need. Current research will give a better overall understanding of the performance of sips in New Zealand.

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Airtightness and ventilation

By Stephen McNeil 1 August 2021, Build 185, Feature article

As we push for higher performance from our houses, expectations for airtightness and ventilation are changing rapidly. Some changes will be needed in design to improve airtightness, and mechanical ventilation is likely to soon be the norm.

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