Given the many design and statutory requirements for roofing, and the large range of claddings available in today’s market, how do we select the right roofing for a building?
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The area around the edge of a roof requires extra fixings to stop it lifting, but how much of the total roof area needs these extra fixings?
Strong wind causes damage to houses, particularly their roofs. A recent BRANZ study started by defining ‘extreme winds’ before developing retrofit solutions to ensure roofs on older houses are adequately secured.
Nine homes in a Porirua suburb were recently renovated to achieve greater sustainability. Monitoring continues this year to measure the results but some useful tips have already come from the project.
When it comes to insulation, designers should think optimum rather than minimum and make key decisions early in the design process.
The building materials used in roof and wall claddings continue to change over time. What are the current trends?
Research organisation Beacon Pathway has shown that installing simple, affordable energy efficient features in a new home can greatly reduce its energy footprint.
Current building designs often incorporate a mixture of construction types – both non-solid (timber-framed) and solid (such as solid timber, concrete or masonry). How is compliance with Clause H1 demonstrated for these designs?
As electricity shortages and increasing energy costs hit home, interest is growing in renewable energy sources, like the sun. A recent 3-year study identified some issues around solar water heating and found the key is getting the installation right.
Around since the early days of New Zealand settlement, concrete is everywhere, from paths to pools, foundations to fountains.