Metal building elements may deteriorate more quickly without regular washing, so what should designers consider when incorporating metal building elements in their designs and what maintenance advice should they give clients?
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Making additions or alterations to an older home can provide an opportunity to improve its thermal performance. However, installing insulation to maximise the benefits is not always as straightforward as it might seem.
Independent assessors carrying out the 2015/16 BRANZ House Condition Survey rated one-fifth of our housing stock as poorly maintained. Where are the problems areas, and why is maintenance being deferred?
When carrying out maintenance or renovations to buildings, there are several things that can be done to make the environment safer for building users.
Table 20 of Building Code Acceptable Solution E2/AS1 is often used to select building materials. Here are a few pointers to help you intrepret the table correctly.
The cost of maintaining a home can be high, but delaying essential work means it will cost much more in the long term. There’s evidence many properties aren’t being kept up to scratch.
The Canterbury earthquakes have created a one-off opportunity to improve the local housing stock. A new service to support housing upgrades during earthquake repair is being rolled out across Canterbury.
The selection and maintenance of building elements and materials is one situation where out of sight should not be out of mind. In many situations, corrosion and deterioration may be occurring that is difficult to detect or see.
BRANZ surveys of New Zealand houses over the past 12 years show that, whether it’s a rental or owner-occupied, the condition of many of our properties is below par.
Once the owner gets the keys to a new building, whether a home or a commercial property, it’s not the end of the story. Ongoing maintenance is necessary to keep it in good repair and compliant.