Emerging complex building façade designs can take up to a year to test, consent, fabricate and install. This makes it important for the project team to be on the same page from the start when it comes to design parameters.
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Heavier windows and drained and vented wall cavities mean loadings from windows are often offset from the timber framing. Recent BRANZ research checked that a modified support bar system can transfer the load back to the framing to prevent problems.
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.