Nothing could be as fresh and pure to drink as rainwater – could it? A Massey University study shows people must take care to ensure roof-collected rainwater is safe to drink.
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New Zealand has a highly variable, and volatile, climate. Early this year, the lower half of the North Island experienced unseasonal heavy rainfall, causing widespread floods. Des Molloy checked out the repairs on some affected homes.
Since established homebuilders Breen Homes introduced new guidelines for working at height, they’ve noticed improvements in financial and business results and the company’s health and safety culture.
Costs can be lowered and accidents avoided if time is spent thinking about safety at a project’s design stage. This can range from the number of employees and the materials used, through to putting in permanent safety systems.
Careful practices are needed on site when managing the removal of potentially mouldy materials from leaky homes. These include adding mould to the hazard plan and covering the issue in project meetings.
Whether someone is on site as a surveyor, inspector, worker or visitor, working at height needs careful consideration and planning.
There has been a big growth recently in the installation of mechanical home ventilation supply systems. We are told they can solve many of our indoor environmental problems, but sometimes basic issues need tackling first.