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.
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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?
It is widely accepted that the built environment makes a significant contribution to climate change and this impact needs to be minimised, but how? BRANZ’s LCAQuick is one tool that helps design better buildings.
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.
The BRANZ helpline has received many calls asking how to approach designing new houses that are compliant with the higher thermal requirements of New Zealand Building Code clause H1 Energy efficiency 5th edition. The first step is to look further than just the schedule method.