Brick gable-ended roofs should be diagonally braced to prevent out-of-plane movement in an earthquake. It could make the difference between a home that remains liveable and one that does not.
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Nine homes in a Porirua suburb were recently renovated to achieve greater sustainability. Monitoring continues this year to measure the results but some useful tips have already come from the project.
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.
Tricky access can be a problem when retrofitting insulation into an older home. However, as the push continues to insulate homes, we look at some of the options and things to consider.
In Build 186 Houses ripe for renovation, we talked about renovating and refurbishing New Zealand character homes. Now, here is a closer look at some of the common tasks you may have to address.
Mixing old and new materials when renovating brings challenges, but there are ways to work with these so the differences are not obvious.
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.
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.
A recent study looked at what was required to future-proof current pensioner housing in Napier. Insulation, efficient heating and accessibility were found to be key concerns.
It’s been a year since Build last reported on the project in Papakowhai, Porirua, where nine homes were retrofitted in 2007 and monitored throughout 2008. Now complete, the study offers some valuable insights into sustainable renovations.
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