Glass has advanced from providing daylight to controlling the entire solar spectrum and providing insulation, sound control, fire retardation, safety, security, decoration, shape, glare reduction and more.
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With the help of BRANZ data, the Riskscape joint project between NIWA and GNS aims to better predict the costs of damaging wind events on buildings.
Too often in renovations, poor communication and unclear expectations can mean ‘to match existing’ turns into ‘to almost match existing’, leading to disappointment in the finished job.
Quick to go up and slow to come down, timber framing enabled New Zealand to house its rapidly growing population in the early 1900s and has proved to be an enduring building system.
Sprinkler systems are proven to control fires and minimise damage. Developments in technology mean that home sprinkler systems can be a viable addition to homes of all ages, as this example of a system designed for an 1891 villa demonstrates.
Although New Zealand has always had plenty of iron ore, it’s only since the 1970s that we have enjoyed a viable steel industry and an increase in the use of steel framing.