Research shows that, apart from some slight changes, light timber-framed buildings designed using our current standards should largely stand up to the increased wind speeds that climate change is expected to bring.
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The global weather forecast is daunting, and earthquakes are a regular event. With insurance costs already climbing, we badly need buildings that can stand up to the forces of nature.
More thought is needed on how the construction industry, known for its waste, can fit into the circular economy. In New Zealand, timber framing technology is being developed that allows for future reuse.
Green roofs are slowly breaking into the New Zealand market. Some of the issues and cost benefits are discussed here.