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.
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Noisy heat pump outdoor units can rattle the neighbours, especially for those living in higher-density housing. There are, however, some straightforward steps to minimise unwelcome sounds.
MBIE recently released energy efficiency changes to the Building Code to help make new homes and buildings warmer, drier and healthier. These include increased minimum insulation requirements for roofs, windows and floors.