Continuing our alphabetical guide to the science of building, D is for two crucial functions, drainage and drying.
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BRANZ physicists have developed a useful calculation for designers to work out the minimum number and area of vents required in roof spaces.
BRANZ has done a lot of work on the costs and benefits of mitigating common natural hazards in housing. While some options are cost-effective, others hardly justify the expenditure.
BRANZ Is monitoring an ageing Wellington City Council apartment block during a major upgrade to establish building performance and occupier satisfaction. This will give valuable advice for other apartment upgrades.
The BRANZ helpline often receives questions about veranda design and construction. Here, we answer some of those questions.
When 14 homes were assessed in Tamaki, Auckland, it was clear the poor condition of many had been costly in financial and health terms. It’s a lesson in why putting off maintenance is a bad idea.
Mimicking the shapes and materials of nature typifies the emerging field of living building design. Although requiring a rethink of traditional design, it could deliver buildings more sympathetic to people and the environment.