We complete this four-part Build series on calculating bracing requirements by looking at roof bracing.
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Specifying and detailing a roof, deck or basement waterproofing membrane is not an area to cut corners.
New research suggests installing photovoltaics on roofs and driving electric cars could transform low-density suburbia from a high-energy consumer to an energy provider for the city.
House location on a hill or the flat, materials used and when it was built have proven to be among the factors that determined how properties stood up to the Canterbury earthquakes.
There seems to be some confusion around selecting lintels and deciding if uplift fixings are required using NZS 3604:2011 Timber-framed buildings Table 8.14, so grab your copy of NZS 3604 and work through the steps.
A café in Auckland’s North Shore with a unique design philosophy has taken out the Supreme title at the 2013 ADNZ Resene Architectural Design Awards.
The Build series on prefab continues, focusing this time on panel or two-dimensional systems. Both cost and time-effective, prefab panels can also have excellent thermal characteristics.
Winters past used to be scented by the smell of burning coal and timber. By 2005, though, only 10% of New Zealand homes were heated this way as clean air regulations discouraged the use of these smog-creating fuels.
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.
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.