Table 20 of Building Code Acceptable Solution E2/AS1 is often used to select building materials. Here are a few pointers to help you intrepret the table correctly.
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Metal building elements may deteriorate more quickly without regular washing, so what should designers consider when incorporating metal building elements in their designs and what maintenance advice should they give clients?
The recent building of a full-sized house made of Lego by James May, a presenter of the television programme Top Gear and, more recently, his own series Toy Stories, showed that the world of toy bricks and real bricks might not be too far apart.
When carrying out maintenance or renovations to buildings, there are several things that can be done to make the environment safer for building users.
The treated timber framing system that came into effect on 4 April this year allows a single hazard class, H1.2, to be used for all enclosed radiata pine and Douglas fir framing.
The 6.3 magnitude earthquake that struck Christchurch on 22 February 2011 and the many aftershocks have been an enormous test of the performance of buildings. BRANZ Structural engineers provide some initial thoughts on how houses performed.
The roof is usually the first thing to fail when a building is damaged in a severe storm. This risk can be minimised by making sure there are good structural connections.
Building legislation was first introduced into New Zealand’s provincial councils in the 1840s, and its progression provides an insight into the building problems and aspirations of early European settlers.
Mixing old and new materials when renovating brings challenges, but there are ways to work with these so the differences are not obvious.