BRANZ recently completed its fourth house condition survey of 573 homes throughout New Zealand.
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An energy audit at Remuera Intermediate School also investigated the potential of photovoltaics to give the school an independent energy supply and income from feeding surplus electricity into the grid.
1 October 2011, Build 126
Changes to key Building Code documents dealing with building structure (B1) and weathertightness (E2) came into effect on 1 August 2011.
1 June 2011, Build 124, Feature article
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?
The roof is usually the first thing to fail when a building is damaged in a severe storm. This risk can be minimised by making sure there are good structural connections.
Good roof system design is a critical part of a good building. A roof designer must consider cost, performance and appearance, but it’s important to keep a few other factors in mind.
The recent building of a full-sized house made of Lego by James May, a presenter of the television programme Top Gear and, more recently, his own series Toy Stories, showed that the world of toy bricks and real bricks might not be too far apart.
The 6.3 magnitude earthquake that struck Christchurch on 22 February 2011 and the many aftershocks have been an enormous test of the performance of buildings. BRANZ Structural engineers provide some initial thoughts on how houses performed.
When carrying out maintenance or renovations to buildings, there are several things that can be done to make the environment safer for building users.