New Zealand’s Building Code can trace part of its history back to the us small dwelling Code published in 1922. This was the first nationally developed us Building Code and probably the first anywhere to explore going beyond minimum standards.
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House moving has a long history in New Zealand, largely due to our extensive use of timber construction. The biggest change has been the motive power from bullocks, traction engines and conventional heavy haulage to today’s specialised trucks.
In a new series, we look at the different types of prefab – from components, panels, modules and hybrid, to complete building – and how to apply them. First up are component-based systems.
Quick to go up and slow to come down, timber framing enabled New Zealand to house its rapidly growing population in the early 1900s and has proved to be an enduring building system.