BRANZ physicists have developed a useful calculation for designers to work out the minimum number and area of vents required in roof spaces.
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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.
A handbook of high thermal performance construction details due for release by mid-2021 will be indispensable to New Zealand architects and designers as well as builders, suppliers and consenting officials.
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’s Transition to a zero-carbon built environment programme will continue forging partnerships in 2022 to advance knowledge and help deliver the low-carbon buildings that climate change demands.
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.
BRANZ modelling identified six areas for designers to focus on to reduce the carbon footprint of a new build. In the first of this series, we look at the practical considerations for designers using rule of thumb 1 Increase construction R-values.
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 global weather forecast is daunting, and earthquakes are a regular event. With insurance costs already climbing, we badly need buildings that can stand up to the forces of nature.
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