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The science behind dry walls

By Mark Bassett 1 October 2013, Build 138, Feature article

A BRANZ program has the answers for those keen to understand how vents in cavity walls help keep walls dry. By using this knowledge, keeping it simple and following the 4Ds – drying, deflection, drainage and durability – walls will be weathertight.

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Programmed to reduce risk

By Greg Baker 1 April 2012, Build 129

In a New Zealand first, a fire engineering computer program being developed by BRANZ will automate design fire generation and change current design practices with their inherent inconsistencies.

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Designing houses with unevenly distributed bracing

By Angela Liu, Roger Shelton 1 April 2021, Build 183

While the bracing requirements in NZS 3604:2011 Timber-framed buildings suit most buildings, the distribution rules of clause 5.4.7 are too lenient for some complex designs. During earthquakes, some Building Code-compliant buildings may move or flex, causing extensive damage. BRANZ research found which buildings are affected and suggests changes.

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Out of sight but front of mind

By Trevor Pringle 1 August 2009, Build 113, Feature article

The selection and maintenance of building elements and materials is one situation where out of sight should not be out of mind. In many situations, corrosion and deterioration may be occurring that is difficult to detect or see.

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