Recent BRANZ research has quantified one aspect of an important but often overlooked factor for achieving a dry home – occupant use.
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On-site stormwater management for new developments is now a requirement in many jurisdictions. This is what you need to know about options such as detention and retention tanks, soak pits and pervious paving.
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.
A Building Research funded study report investigated the recent shift toward the use of domestic heat pumps, and found that its likely effects are both positive and negative.
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.
BRANZ was called into a Dunedin school where too much ventilation caused excessive condensation in a large roof space. Understanding why this happened points to warm roofs being better in some locations.
Green roofs are slowly breaking into the New Zealand market. Some of the issues and cost benefits are discussed here.