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.
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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.
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.
Australia’s vulnerability to droughts, coastal erosion and temperature increases, along with its high greenhouse gas emissions, means it must take climate change seriously when looking at urban design for the future.
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.
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.