BRANZ was on the ground in Northland last year, examining the effects of a storm on buildings. Roofs bore the brunt of the weather, with structures on exposed terrain the most vulnerable.
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Making additions or alterations to an older home can provide an opportunity to improve its thermal performance. However, installing insulation to maximise the benefits is not always as straightforward as it might seem.
Cost considerations often drive choices when building a property, but thinking more broadly from project design to material specification can be worth its weight in gold.
Roof failures in high winds are unfortunately too common in timber-framed buildings, but get the connections right, and the roof should stay put.
BRANZ surveys of New Zealand houses over the past 12 years show that, whether it’s a rental or owner-occupied, the condition of many of our properties is below par.
Older houses often don’t perform as well as new ones. Fortunately, there are plenty of ways to upgrade performance as well as modernise for form and function.
While we can’t change New Zealand’s gusty climate, there’s plenty we can do to minimise its impact. Clever siting of buildings, modifying the landscape and providing shelter in the form of fences and plantings help.
‘Character home’ is a popular descriptor on the real estate ads. But what headaches might be in store when planning to alter or renovate a character home of the 1920s or 1930s?