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Preparing for natural hazards

By Ian Page 1 April 2016, Build 153, Feature article

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.

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H1, E3 and mixed construction

By Eddie Bruce 1 December 2008, Build 109

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?

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Rule of thumb 1: Increase insulation

By Greg Burn 1 June 2022, Build 190

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.

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Turning solar for water heating

By Andrew Pollard 1 August 2008, Build 107, Feature article

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.

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Built to last

By Nick Helm 1 April 2014, Build 141, Feature article

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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